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Samsung issues a fix for Galaxy S III reset exploit

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Product: Samsung Galaxy S III | Manufacturer: Samsung
 
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Yesterday, a rather alarming exploit affecting the Samsung Galaxy S III emerged. By just tapping on a particular HTML link, you could completely wipe your handset.

It seems the malicious link could tell the phone to dial its hard reset code (*2767*3855#, if you're wondering). The exploit can also be triggered by scanning in a dodgy QR code.

Fortunately, Samsung has acted swiftly to issue a fix. The company has issued the following statement:

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all Galaxy S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service."

Our own Mike Rose checked his Samsung Galaxy S III (he's a big fan) and received a "No update available" message.

Better to be safe...

It seems that most versions of the Galaxy S III firmware have already been patched to close off this loophole, so if you haven't received an update message - like our Mike - you're probably safe.

Still, don't go prodding any suspicious email links until you've checked for firmware updates, eh? In fact, don't go prodding them at all.

The Verge
 

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Jon Mundy 26 September 2012
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SRBian | 14:09 - 26 September 2012
I'm sure they'll just blame Apple and add it to the legal case.
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chanandler | 12:39 - 26 September 2012
I just keep getting an error that the update server is not available and I can't load Kies up on my MacBook Air as it doesn't install on Mountain Lion... Good work there Samsung!
 
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