Samsung Galaxy S III software update addresses Exynos security issue

Samsung Galaxy S III software update addresses Exynos security issueCast your minds back a couple of weeks, and you’ll hopefully recall the security issue potentially affecting Samsung phones with Exynos 4210 and 4412 processors.

Well, the South Koreans have finally started rolling out a fix, kicking off with Samsung Galaxy S III owners in the UK. Hurray!

The issue was first discovered by a member of xda, who observed that a flaw in the kernel gave full read/write access to all areas of physical memory.

And while that meant easy rooting, it also left devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III open to attacks from malicious apps.

To Samsung’s credit, it quickly acknowledged the problem, and promised “to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.”

Fast-forward a couple of weeks and we’re hearing that Samsung Galaxy S III owners in the UK are the first to see the software update. But before we go rolling out the Union Jacks, remember the US Samsung Galaxy S III uses a Qualcomm processor.

As usual, Samsung Galaxy S III owners can update OTA (over the air) or via the lovely (ahem) Kies.

Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S III? Have you installed the software update? Hit us up below.

via: The Verge

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 4, 2013 at 12:34

Wonder if that affects root-ability?

mightyforest  Jan. 4, 2013 at 13:28

open to attacks from malicious apps? on android? never

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 4, 2013 at 13:33

Yeah hahaha

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 4, 2013 at 13:59

If you've modified your device (that is, if your flash count reads 1+), you won't be able to get the update from Samsung, you'll have to find another way to acquire it.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 4, 2013 at 14:25

If you've modified your device (that is, if your flash count reads 1+), you won't be able to get the update from Samsung, you'll have to find another way to acquire it.


Good point... a few catch 22s

universe1992  Jan. 4, 2013 at 23:02

Seems its there but there's a queue usual message.

captngit  Jan. 5, 2013 at 22:31

update done not sure it did anything more than the security update though

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