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Samsung working to patch flaw that allows total bypass of Galaxy lock screens

Samsung Lock Screen Exploit

Samsung (005930) says it’s working hard to patch a security flaw in its Galaxy phones that could let people completely bypass the devices’ lock screens. A company spokesperson tells AllThingsD that Samsung is “aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility” without providing any details about when a patch might be released. The security flaw, exposed by blogger Terence Eden on Wednesday, is a fairly involved process that requires hackers to repeatedly dial non-existent numbers into Galaxy devices’ emergency calling screen. Doing this briefly opens up the device’s home screen for less than a second, which gives quick-fingered users the ability to activate voice commands and download lock screen bypassing applications from Google Play. Exploiting this flaw requires a good deal of patience and it’s unlikely to be used by all but the most determined hackers, but it’s nice to see that Samsung is already on top of it. A video explaining the security flaw is posted below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.