A couple of weeks ago, thoroughly English chap Terence Eden revealed a not-particularly-interesting security flaw with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, with Terry himself conceding that it was of “limited value”.
However, some further tinkering has paid off, with Terry now able to bypass the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s lockscreen entirely and gain full access to the phone.
Essentially, there’s a tiny window in which it’s possible to interact with the phone, and in that window Terry first launches Google Play, before ultimately downloading an app to disable the lockscreen.
It does require a bit of patience, but a video on Terry’s blog show him gaining full access to a locked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in under three minutes.
Terry proposes that the flaw might extend to all Samsung Galaxy devices, though it was initially confirmed on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) and Samsung TouchWiz.
The flaw has been reported, and Samsung assures Terry that an update will be “released shortly”.
In related news, earlier this week, Apple released iOS 6.1.3, which address the iPhone lockscreen bypass that gave potential intruders full access to the Phone app.
Anyone here rocking a Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Give Terry's method a bash and let us know how you get on.