Potentially Dangerous Root Exploit Found for Some Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Devices

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by SomeDudeAsking, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    This security vulnerability is for some version models of the [international Samsung Galaxy S3] and some versions of the [Verizon / international Galaxy Note 2]. North American versions of the Galaxy S3 are not affected. It requires stock software. Custom ROMs should not be affected. North American versions of the Galaxy Note 2 are not affected at this time other than the Verizon version.

    The original developers thread over at XDA where this was discovered is:


    If you want to root your affected device with this exploit, you can get instructions at:

    Here is some press coverage from TheVerge:

    Serious vulnerability reportedly leaves Samsung Galaxy S III and other devices wide open to malware


    This vulnerability requires you to download and run malicious apps onto your device to be affected.
  2. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    I think the whole article could be summed up with just this sentence. Or just one word: "Duh" :D
  3. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    This is a privilege escalation bug that allows the installation of more malicious malware such as premium rate SMS and banking malware. These types of malware can't be installed without privilege escalation.

    This exploit wouldn't be exploitable if Android used a Mandatory Access Control (MAC) based sandbox like the MAC sandbox used in iOS.

    Attached Files:

  4. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    SOunds like you'll be safe if you don't torrent apps, basically.
  5. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pretty much. Android malware is such an overblown issue. This doesn't even effect the US version of the galaxy s3.
  6. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006

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