Samsung Galaxy vulnerability is quashed

Posted by Raven Lovecraft

Samsung has responded to the news that created shock waves yesterday.

It was discovered that the Galaxy S III, among other Samsung smartphones, could be exploited through a bug that enables someone to gain remote access to the device. It could also disable the phone's SIM card.

This would allow hackers to perform a complete factory reset on the phone, leaving the owner confused and out of luck.

The hack was accessible only through emerging forms of communication like Near Field Communication (NFC) and QR codes or advanced text messaging.

The company did not immediately respond to comments, but now it is downplaying it as a non-issue. That's because, according to Samsung, the latest Galaxy S III firmware already got rid of the hyped vulnerability.

"We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all Galaxy S III customers download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service," Samsung said in a statement.

In a way, this whole issue kind of ended up being a good thing for Samsung because it shows that the company is on top of potential security problems, and actively patches them without needing to be pushed by white hat hackers.