Samsung Galaxy S III lockscreen bypass discovered

Samsung Galaxy S III lockscreen bypass discoveredWe’ve had a handful of lockscreen bypass stories over the past couple of weeks, specifically pertaining to the iPhone and – more recently – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest phone to reveal a gaping hole in its lockscreen defense, and it’s easily the worst offender yet.

The iPhone lockscreen bypass was first up, with a bizarre series of swipes allowing access to the Contacts and Photos apps.

To be fair, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a huge deal. In the worst case, someone might steal some details and/or phone your mates. Meh. Indeed, Apple has yet to address the issue (expect iOS 6.1.3 soonish).

As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 lockscreen bypass, its founder conceded: “It's true, this attack is of limited value. That's one of the reasons why I've disclosed it.”

However, the Samsung Galaxy S III lockscreen bypass gives potential hackers full access to the phone. Man, I almost put that in upper case. In fact, let’s do it: FULL ACCESS TO THE PHONE. Oh, the humanity!

How do you do it? Emergency Call > Emergency Contacts then hit the Home button quickly followed by Power.

Anyone here rocking a Samsung Galaxy S III? Are you frightened? In the words of Aragorn, son of Arathorn: “Not nearly frightened enough.”

via: Engadget

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7 comments

Amin  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:32

tried it. wont work

Lunartick  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:37

Ha, worked on my work phone. Scary!

shaz2sxy  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:39

Tried it on S3 lte. couldn't get it to work

Amin  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:41

must be rom 4.1.1 i suppose

shaz2sxy  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:47

Im on 4.1.2
if i press the home button a coupel of times it will go to the home screen for a second then the lock screen appears

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 7, 2013 at 13:58

Thanks for letting us know, guys!

Here's the source article.

He does mention: "It can take quite a few attempts to get this working, sometimes this method works straight away, other times it can take more than 20 attempts."

an1  Mar. 7, 2013 at 23:37

Probably a "programmed in" back door for those times when idiots forget their pin or pattern, then send their phone to Samsung for warranty repair.

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