It seems that Samsung can’t just relax and enjoy the impressive sales generated by its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 terminals. After the endless lawsuits against Apple, this time Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are reportedly having some security flaws, because of an exploit.
A new vulnerability that affects the flagship terminals of the South Korea-based company was discovered by a member of the XDA-developers forum. Even though you might be tempted to believe that the exploit is related to Google’s Android OS, since we are talking about Galaxy S3 and Note 2, it seems that security flaw is related to the Exynos 4412 chipsets underpinning the smartphones, plus the dual-core Exynos 4210 SoC.
As a result, all the terminals based on the two aforementioned chipsets are affected by the exploit. Anyway, thanks to this exploit, the Exynos terminals are not more easier to root. The sad news is that a simple Google Play app that contains a malicious code can get access to your smartphone’s info, brick it, or control it remotely.
You should also know that the vulnerability was reported to the Samsung team, but the South Korea-based company seems to have refused to launch fix the security breach.
The big difference between this kernel exploit and the others discovered over the past months, is that the Exynos vulnerability doesn’t need physical access to be exploited. It can be injected using a carefully-written app.