Samsung Will Fix Exynos Software Bug “As Quickly As Possible”

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.

Android Central

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  • Ben

    I have the GS3 so I’m not on the list, but I’m relieved to know that Samsung will do whatever they can to solve other problems, should they arise, in an expedient manner. Unlike other companies, they didn’t wait for months or years before finding a fix. Thanks, Sammy.

    • McAfee

      Cool story bro… Samsung hasn’t found anything yet. Please reserve your enthusiasm until they confirm they have fixed the problem. Lets not start blowing each other until this is fixed. I’m not sure if this is an android issue, but this is why I’m so glad T-mobile is getting the iPhone. Yes the iPhone is not 100% secure, but I get the feeling Android is 100% not secure.

      Any feelings on my perception? I’m just hesitant about going Android and one of the main reasons, besides update issues with non-nexus devices, is security and its also annoying iOS devices always get the cool apps, before Android (usually).

      • chris125

        This isn’t an android thing its due to the exynos chip so learn to read and see this has about nothing to do with android, otherwise more devices would be affected….

        • McAfee

          Are you stupid? Do people buy exynos chips stand-alone? It’s on an android device and I know enough to understand the exploit is facilitated by malicious code running on android apps that allow an exploit in the exynos chip’s code. Geez, grow a brain. The “open” nature of the operating system is a conduit dummy.

        • Peace007

          By chance are you a tampon?

      • Ben

        First off, I need you to understand that I have no interest in going back and forth with you. You don’t seem to understand what this article is about. This isn’t about Android vs iOS. I was talking about the simple fact that Samsung is trying to resolve the issue (I didn’t say they’ve solved it). IF YOU DON’T WANT AN ANDROID DEVICE DON’T GET ONE. It’s just that simple.
        You’re just another isheep trolling the web looking to ignite a fire where it doesn’t exist. If you think a cellular or wireless device is 100% secured you’re not as smart as you think you are. Get a life.

  • Josue

    It’s only the S3’s that have the Exynos processor…if only we could somehow just read

    • Jay23

      The S3 phones carry the snapdragon, unless it’s unlocked and isn’t from here because all US phones have the 1.5 ghz snapdragon. Only the Note 2 has the exynos processor. Galaxy S2 also have exynos but on other carriers since T-Mobile’s carries the snapdragon on the S2.

      • Josue

        that is true but people dont read now a days