Samsung’s stepping up to the plate again this week and getting word out through a brief statement sent to Android Central their plans to fix the Exynos vulnerability “as quickly as possible.” Samsung continues to emphasize their awareness of the problem and is working to push out updates to patch the software hole on affected devices. Samsung’s also confirmed the nature of the exploit, stating that “the issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices.” In other words, if you download apps you’re familiar with, Galaxy Note II owners shouldn’t be concerned. If you grab apps from unknown sources, there might be a little more reason to watch out for what those apps are accessing on your device.
Apps with malicious intent can grab control of your device’s RAM and through that control, take over the device. For T-Mobile customers, only the Galaxy Note II uses one of the affected Exynos processors, so be extra careful about you are downloading. In all likelihood, if you are careful, avoiding this threat should be pretty simple. Either way, Samsung is on task and working to fix the vulnerability and you see their full statement below:
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.
The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.
Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.