Samsung updates the Galaxy S III to resolve its remote wipe issue

Saturday, September 29, 2012

It had been reported that select Samsung Galaxy SIII handsets running its TouchWiz UI were affected by a flaw that could allow them to be remotely wiped after clicking on a malicious link. Samsung has now confirmed it has patched the flaw for its flagship Galaxy SIII handset.

Security researchers identified a flaw in how Samsung TouchWiz devices handled so-called USSD codes, with the potential for rogue websites to push a factory-reset code to the smartphone which required no user-confirmation to enact.

So, if you own a Galaxy S III smartphone, you should update it to the latest version of software available, either using Kies or over-the-air.

Samsung however did not state anything about the vulnerability on other smartphones or their patches. According to reports, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Ace and select other smartphones can also be wiped by a hacker by simple using a single line to code in a malicious website, NFC tag or QR code.We hope company will soon release a patch for other devices too.

“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III
has already been resolved through a software update” Samsung told us today. “We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done
quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”

The bug isn’t present in versions of the Galaxy S III that have already updated to Android 4.1, so those on the cutting-edge of Google mobile code are all OK.


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