Samsung smartphones and tablets vulnerable to kernel attack

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Koniakki Ancient Guru

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    *Opens the window and throws his GNote out.


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    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    only Samsung is vulnerable ?
     
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    k1net1cs Ancient Guru

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    Yep.

    The vulnerability itself is software patchable, because the point of vulnerability isn't actually the Exynos CPU itself, but rather the custom kernel Samsung used IIRC.
    One of the prominent XDA devs, Chainfire, has already made a quick fix for it.
    God knows when Samsung would officially patch it, though.
     

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    Speed Weed Maha Guru

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    Does it help to run an SGS3 on WiFi only? :(
     
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    It's not a remote exploit - you need an installed piece of software capable of reading and writing to the hidden memory partition. So most likely you're fine and you'll be fine.
     
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    This. If you install apps only from the Play Store, chances are you'll never have a problem. The viruses come for those who install apps from dubious sources.
     
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    Many thanks, Ven0m and Andres, for those reassuring words. :)
     
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