Samsung Galaxy Note 2 security flaw yields full access to phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 security flaw yields full access to phoneA 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.

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mrew42  Mar. 21, 2013 at 16:55

One for matt to try out....

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 21, 2013 at 17:04

Haven't figured out how to use lock screen yet.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 17:54

I'll actually bother setting a up a pin, then try it out.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 18:00

I can't be bothered to go through the whole process, but seeing the home screen for a second does work, so with patience you could unlock my phone...though I don't have a pin anyway, so I'm not too fussed.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 18:55

It affects more Samsung devices - from P1000 to SGS3 - at least from what I read... Enjoy

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 21:13

Still as it hadn't worried anyone til now I guess it's not all that significant. Although now it might get patched on many devices.

As the two Samsung owners thus far don't even use the locksreen it seems like it might be redundant idea to worry about it anyway..

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 21:28

I find pins a right pain in the a*se, I must unlock my phone nigh on a hundred times a day, I'd waste so much time keep putting in a pattern/pin or waiting for it to recognise my face.

Pondlife  Mar. 21, 2013 at 21:37

I find the pattern lock oddly settling, but seldom have it active on my phone. Tbh I think you can probably see the pattern half the time anyway.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 21, 2013 at 22:21

I find the pattern lock oddly settling, but seldom have it active on my phone. Tbh I think you can probably see the pattern half the time anyway.
The amount of people whose pattern lock is visible in the grease and crap which they've got on their screen is unbelievable.

iSRS  Mar. 22, 2013 at 13:14

I agree, this is as minor as the iPhone "start an emergency call and then right as it is about to dial, pop out the sim" issue. An issue to address? Yes. Be aware of? Yes. Worthy of all the finger pointing each side will be/has been doing with each other? Not even close.

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