Samsung says Galaxy S3 Android vulnerability already patched but questions remain

Samsung says Galaxy S3 Android vulnerability already patched but questions remain

Summary: Samsung said the vulnerability in the Galaxy S3 that allowed remote wiping of a device is now fixed - but where does that leave other Samsung handsets?

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Following yesterday's hoo-hah about the vulnerability in the Galaxy SII and Galaxy SIII handsets that could potentially allow a handset to be remotely wiped without the owner's input, Samsung has been in touch to say that the problem is fixed.

A spokeswoman for the South Korean handset maker told me on Wednesday that the issue is now a non-issue as it has already been patched, but did not say when it was fixed, or which software version is the secure one.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy SIII
has already been resolved through a software update," the spokeswoman told ZDNet. "We recommend all Galaxy SIII customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the over-the-air (OTA) service."

While that is likely a reassurance to Galaxy SIII owners, it's likely less reassuring for SII or other Samsung handset owners that don't know whether or not they are at risk. Many reports online suggest the problem is related to the TouchWiz UI rather than just the Galaxy SIII.

I asked Samsung when it first became aware of the problem and when it rolled out the fix in response. I also asked which versions of the Android software were affected, but so far Samsung is keeping mum.

If they let me know, I'll let you know.

Topics: Samsung, Mobility, Smartphones

Ben Woods

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  • Tried The Test Page On My Galaxy Nexus With Jelly Bean

    The number was entered into the dialler, but it was not automatically called.
    ldo17
    • nexus and touchwiz

      makes sense, considering the problem is said to be related to touchwiz and the nexus doesn't have that modification
      haru85
  • How many people update their OS?

    It is nice that there is an update, but I wonder how many users actually download the updates? I haven't used the S3 much, does it notify the user if/when updates are available?
    edelbrp
    • Re: How many people update their OS?

      On Android, you get an automatic notification when an update is available.
      ldo17