Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - December 21, 2012

by: Carol~ December 21, 2012 9:53 AM PST

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NEWS - December 21, 2012

by Carol~ Moderator - 12/21/12 9:53 AM

Samsung promises patch for critical smartphone vulnerability

Samsung has apparently made its first statement on Android Central regarding a critical security vulnerability that is a serious problem for smartphones with the Exynos 4 system-on-chip (SoC). According to the article, the company plans to provide a patch for affected devices as soon as possible - but has not given any details on when that might actually be.

Some of the devices with the problem are the Galaxy S II and S III, Note, Note II, Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. The vulnerability allows specially prepared applications to directly access a smartphone's entire memory, even in the kernel, thereby giving themselves root privileges and the ability to do whatever they want on the device - a security worst-case-scenario. An app could, for example, install a spyware program that monitors calls, messages and passwords or permanently deletes all of a user's data.

Continued : http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Samsung-promises-patch-for-critical-smartphone-vulnerability-1773557.html

Also:
Samsung Acknowledges Exynos Root Exploit
Samsung to Patch Vulnerable Exynos-powered Devices
Samsung promises fix for vulnerability in Android Galaxy devices

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