Samsung phones, tablets vulnerable to dangerous Android exploit

“A suspected fault in how Samsung Electronics has implemented the Android’s kernel in several of its devices could allow a malicious application to gain total control over the device,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.

“ffected devices include versions of Samsung’s S2 and S3 mobile phones, the Galaxy Note and Note II, Galaxy Note Plus and Galaxy Note 10.1,” Kirk reports. “Hackers have increasingly targeted the Android operating system, building applications that appear benign but can contain code that can steal data from a device or perform other malicious actions.”

Kirk reports, “Security vendors have found malicious applications that send SMS messages to premium rate numbers and ones that intercept one-time passcodes for banking applications.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Buy One, Get Infected Free.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Peter” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. The shame here is that this story will be gone tomorrow. Much more fun for the media to beat on Apple for days on end instead of actually reporting something important.

      1. Ridiculous and ignorant as the ‘Apple bear’ BS actually IS, this period of AAPL’s drop is great for two things:

        1) Apple is NEVER AGAIN going to perpetrate another betaware app on their users. They received a right-good slapping for Apple Maps v0.1 (by my numbering). The sting is going to last a long, long time.

        2) AAPL haters are going to receive a right-good slapping for FAILing to comprehend the REAL VALUE of Apple Inc. at this very moment. They will also receive several severe KICKS IN THE BALLS that will damage the reputations of fake ‘analcysts’ in the tech field for YEARS (yeah right, more like days) to come.

        IOW: The repercussions of this ‘Apple bear’ BS are all good, unless of course you’re one of the SUCKERS who sold off their AAPL into the hands of the parasitic stock manipulators who made lots of $$$$$$ off your ignorance. That would be NOT good, sucker. 😛

  2. An Apple commercial… Setup: Apple fans waiting in line see two people with GS3 smartphone, one getting ready to touch their GS3 to the other guy who stops him and says “Don’t! My smartphone is infected with malicious code and by banking applications has been hacked.

    A girl in the Apple line says: “When do you think we’re going to get that?

    Guy answers: It’s Apple! Dummy…

    1. The most fundamental rookie mistake in advertising is for a dominant market player to mention the competitor. If you command the greatest market share, you simply cannot elevate anyone else to the same level as yourself.

      Apple was extremely successful with the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” campaign, as it was elevating Mac to the mindshare of Windows (at a time when market share was below 5%). Microsoft took the bait and responded in kind (“I’m a PC, I’m a PC, I’m a PC” campaign, where all of them mentioned a Mac), elevating Mac to the same competitive level.

  3. Fandroids dismiss viruses as the nuisance that is in a way necessary, to weed out the idiots who don’t know how to operate a phone. Obviously, they take pride in their elitism.

    With the exception of the market share point, Android is more and more looking like the Windows mess, requiring multitude of service apps to make it run properly and reliably, from the apps managing memory, to apps managing radios (turning them on or off whenever possible, to squeeze as much battery as possible from the power-hungry anti-virus apps), to those anti-virus apps, gobbling up CPU cycles (and battery)…

    This is just getting better and better…

      1. Exactly…!!

        This is exactly the same behaviour as the fanatical Windows users. The arguments are similar (wide open, flexible, cheap platform…), and the arrogance (and stupidity) is as prevalent.

  4. AND THIS HAPPENED:

    Popular Android Apps Vulnerable, Security study finds flawed SSL implementations in more than 1,000 Android apps.

    About 8% of Android apps are vulnerable to attacks as a result of weak SSL implementations, according to a new computer security study. . . . Security researchers in Germany analyzed 13,500 free Android apps from Google Play and found that 1,074– -about 8%–contain SSL/TLS code that could potentially make them vulnerable to what’s known as a Man-in- the-Middle (MITM) attack.

    Man-in-the-middle attack

    . . . a form of active eavesdropping in which the attacker makes independent connections with the victims and relays messages between them, making them believe that they are talking directly to each other over a private connection, when in fact the entire conversation is controlled by the attacker.

    IOW: Have fun, Android settlers. :/

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