Software update fixes have Samsung Exynos security hole

Samsung has released a software update to fix a vulnerability in a handful of nasty smartphones that allowed attackers to access user data and the combined left vulnerable to malicious applications and bricking.

The vulnerability, which was discovered last month, is in Exynos 4, ARM-based system-on-a-chip typically found in smartphones and tablets Samsung. An exploit bypasses system permissions, which allows an application to retrieve data from the device memory or to inject malicious code into the nucleus of a galaxy S3. But other devices using Exynos 4 were also considered vulnerable, including Galaxy S2 models, select the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.Samsung issued a software update for the S3 UK yesterday that fixes the problem, according to a report SamMobile. The update is also said to set a "sudden death" issue that prevented some devices to seize, if confirmed.

There was no word on when users in the United States could expect the update. CNET has contacted Samsung for more information and will update this report when we learn more.
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