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Security issue discovered on Exynos-based devices

17 December, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Security issue discovered on Exynos-based devices - read the full textA security issue has been identified on Android devices running Samsung's Exynos processors, which includes phones such as the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Note and the Note II (international models). The issue was identified by an xda-developers member 'Alephzain' and if exploited, lets any...


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> In reply to PwnageHobo @ 2012-12-18 06:08 from Px39 - click to readTAIWAN stuff are not trustworth. i had htc one s. both cpu and rams fired on me after one week. i had to pay extra 350$ to fix it in HTC repair center. never will buy another htc in my life.

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  • 2012-12-30 20:33
  • 7BM9

If you head over to XDA developers, you'll see that Chainfire has already applied a fix for the issue.

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  • 2012-12-18 09:49
  • kDRW

> In reply to Jeanandroidfan @ 2012-12-17 15:06 from MDVw - click to readViruses and bugs are rampant on Android because of the open source software. Google shouldn't let these manufacturers and carriers modify anything.

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  • 2012-12-18 06:58
  • kg3U

> In reply to lol @ 2012-12-17 23:19 from kAmE - click to readThis is, by no means, an Android problem. If you were to go out and buy a HTC One X, it wouldn't have this issue, as it doesn't use an Exynos SoC.
As for the Samsung thing... building a secure system is much harder than you think. Especially when the platform is designed with freedom and diversity in mind, rather than going for a 'walled-garden' approach.

Naturally, an open ecosystem is harder to defend than a tightly controlled one, but if you ask me, they do a pretty good job of it.

Regarding security, the advantage of the open ecosystem is demonstrated in this very article. A security issue is detected (by the community) and a member of the community steps up, finds a fix for the problem, and releases it to everyone, including the manufacturer, so they can work the fix in to their next software upgrade, and all future devices.

This way the problem gets sorted within a matter of days, instead of relying on the manufacturer to do all the work.

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  • 2012-12-18 06:08
  • Px39

> In reply to synot @ 2012-12-17 17:01 from 8fEm - click to readRead the comments here first, most of the people here posted that samsung should make a patch for the glitch ASAP. And give me a evidence that posted here to avoid samsung devices. I guess it hurts your ego that some one found a glitch at the security. And to think that flagships are in trouble here.

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  • 2012-12-18 04:19
  • P@1G

> In reply to chrwl007 @ 2012-12-17 19:21 from rvN1 - click to readTried swapping sim cards?

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  • 2012-12-18 02:37
  • 9Lb2

> In reply to chrwl007 @ 2012-12-17 19:21 from rvN1 - click to readI have a note which never lives up to the hype - it is far from a notebook replacement, but excellent at many things, mainly reviewing documents. However, I use a BB9900 as a daily mobile. Samsung produces good products but not spectacular when you see what they can actually do. Android does have Google spyware issues and you have to accept you are providing free information to Google about your habits, etc.

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  • 2012-12-18 00:05
  • y$gT

OMG ... android and samsung does it again ... security security guys .. first concentrate on this rather than the so called good features.

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  • 2012-12-17 23:19
  • kAmE

> In reply to chrwl007 @ 2012-12-17 19:21 from rvN1 - click to readNokoa and blackberry are for losers.Both my nokia and blackberry have gone faulty in 2months so now there in the drawer sitting idle.Id never buy another

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  • 2012-12-17 22:49
  • 3a7G

If Samsung's devices could actually make telephone calls... my brother's Note doesn't have service half the time, while my Nokia and his BlackBerry have almost full signal strength on the exact same mobile network.

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  • 2012-12-17 19:21
  • rvN1

Yeah...big deal...this "exploit" is used to root devices. So please stop comment if you don't know what this is really about. If you're an Apple fan,don't overjoy,this is less dangerous than cydia and installous :).

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  • 2012-12-17 18:13
  • Ss19

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-12-17 16:04 from be30 - click to readWell, they did a great work 'cause I'm a little scared. I don't have many worries since I usually install Playstore apps which are under the spotlight and have a good ammount of reviews.

As for the XDA team well, I really wissh Sammy had released the source code for the Exynos SoC and I have to give it to them this time. The Note II is a great phone but the more open it is, the better.

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  • 2012-12-17 17:11
  • N9xA

why is there an attack on Samsung and Google every day by analysts, tech developers and commenters who wants to stop SAMSUNGS and GOOGLES progress by feeding false information to the public to stop them buying these products.The products mentioned here are Samsungs top sellers and i am sure there are other products using this same chip by other brands that are not mentioned.. HYPOCRITES...

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  • 2012-12-17 17:01
  • 8fEm

> In reply to yajia1 @ 2012-12-17 13:06 from t7Xi - click to readAccording to is imperative to access internet and do financial process' via your mobile handsets...afterall U pay money and have quad core processors, gigs of rams ...only to call?

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  • 2012-12-17 16:17
  • gDhN

XDA are mad at samsung cuz they didn't release source files for exynos based phones so they came up with this to scare people/samsung.. hah , nice one

Exynos rules, quadcore 1.6ghz 2gb ram. No problem

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  • 2012-12-17 16:04
  • be30

all android viruses are only made by apple and evil microsoft!

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  • 2012-12-17 15:06
  • MDVw

So does this affect the Sony phones using exinos?

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  • 2012-12-17 14:39
  • RbqE

does it means we can have programs like gamecih or gameguardian without root?

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  • 2012-12-17 13:49
  • v}7t

> In reply to SE. @ 2012-12-17 12:32 from 49xm - click to readI own Africa Galaxy S3 It has Snapdragon 2.5 quad core not Exynos. Africa version don't have this issue.

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  • 2012-12-17 13:21
  • fuVj

> In reply to yajia1 @ 2012-12-17 13:06 from t7Xi - click to readI know what you mean by that.. thanks torrent.. XD

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  • 2012-12-17 13:12
  • vaNH

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