Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII and Note II Can Be Easily Hacked

A serious exploit that affects certain Exynos devices has been found.  It appears that the Samsung kernel allows read and write access to all physical memory on the device, including the kernel itself.  In essence, the kernel is the "brain" of the operating system.  With this vulnerability, it is easy for anyone to obtain root access to the device and also makes it possible to execute code code injections and RAM dumps from apps containing malware available in the Google Play store.

The exploit appears to work on any device running a Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor.  We have previously seen other vulnerabilities in Samsung Galaxy devices.  This one, in particular, is very dangerous given the amount of malware-infected apps in the Google Play store.

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