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Sudden death of the Samsung Galaxy S3 now fixed

2013 January 5

It was only last month when we reported about the sudden death of Samsung’s current flagship the Galaxy S3. Now, Samsung is reported to have started rolling out their security patch to UK Galaxy S3 owners. The said patch is designed to clear up the unwanted bug in Samsung’s Exynos chipset. The said bug can potentially see some devices (bearing the Exynos chipset) being wiped out or hacked. 

The sudden death bug of the Samsung Galaxy S3 was found by one XDA Developers user and according to that person, it gives hackers’ access to the phone’s RAM (including the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S2). Alephzain explains: ”RAM dump kernel code injection and others could be possible via app installation from Play Store”.

The Korean tech giant pointed out that the said sudden death bug affects only limited number of devices, but it could also affect those running stock Android or custom ROMs after the device is rooted.

The newly released update is now available via Over-The-Air (OTA) or via Kies software. But there are reports stating that some Samsung Galaxy S3s showed no available update. This could only mean that certain models of the said device are receiving the update before others.

Now, XDA also explained how to download the said update manually via Kies, but with a warning that this is at your own risk.

Now that you know that your device may potentially be toyed with by a remote hacker, I am pretty sure that you are now worried. However, it doesn’t seem to have been a widespread attack. Security holes are sadly a common occurrence (most especially with new software) that may have small (overlooked) issues.

Luckily, Samsung acted soon enough to fix this problem before the damage became too big for them to handle.

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