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Samsung issues a fix for Galaxy S3 Exynos flaw

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Fri Jan 04 2013, 14:29

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has finally rolled out a fix for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, after a major flaw was discovered last month.

In mid-December, a vulnerability was discovered in the Exynos chip that powers Samsung's Galaxy S3 handset as well as the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note. The flaw meant that developers and malware could access the RAM of the Samsung smartphone, which in turn meant that the Galaxy S3 could easily be wiped or bricked remotely.

Samsung promptly responded to the problem, saying, "Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible."

It might have taken a few weeks, but Samsung started rolling out a fix to UK Galaxy S3 handsets on Thursday, XDA developers has discovered. The update can be downloaded now via Samsung Kies, but the developers warn to install the fix "at your own risk."

Samsung has yet to confirm when it will start rolling out the fix to other devices and additional regions, and it has not yet responded to our request for comment. µ


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