Galaxy Note 2 security flaw lets intruders gain full device access

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Intruders can gain full access to a locked Galaxy Note 2 due to a bug in the device’s lockscreen.

A developer, Terence Eden has discovered a new Galaxy Note 2 security flaw that allows users to potentially launch apps and gain control of a Galaxy Note II. This flaw was discovered just he discovered the first a few weeks ago.

Galaxy Note 2 Security Flaw

This new method requires patience, but can be accomplished in a couple of minutes. After hitting the back button to leave the emergency dialer, the Galaxy Note II briefly flashes the device’s last used screen. Certain actions can extend the length of that flash for long enough to briefly interact with the device, generally a single tap at a time. It’s enough, however, to navigate into the Play Store, download an app that removes the lockscreen, and activate that application. Eden reports notifying Samsung of the issue in February, and that it is working on a patch that should be released shortly. Samsung declined his offer to wait longer before publicly disclosing the flaw.

Eden discovered the flaw on a Galaxy Note II running Android 4.1.2. The Galaxy S3 has also seen such issues recently. We’re hoping that Samsung’s new S4 won’t be suffering from the same issues, but nothing is impossible. You can check the Note 2 security flaw in the video below:

Samsung issued The Verge this statement on this issue: “Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority. We are aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility.”

Via: (Tech Bytes 4 U)


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