Samsung issues a software update to fix Galaxy SIII reset hack

Yesterday, Android tech blogs were up in arms over news that a number of Samsung Galaxy Android devices had become vulnerable to a hack that could remotely wipe all data. This hack would simply conduct a hard reset when users clicked on a particular link in the browser. Well Samsung, understanding the damage this could cause, has quickly responded in less than 24 hours following the original story. The Korean company has issued a statement saying a fix is already in place. While they haven’t specified the exact software version (or given any assurances for devices other than its flagship Galaxy S III), Samsung does encourages all affected users to update their phones to the latest software available over-the-air.

While this will certainly keep the 20 million+ Galaxy SIII users safe from the dangers of inadvertently wiping your GS III, the fate of the other TouchWiz devices in Samsung’s portfolio remains unclear. Hopefully a fix is on the way as this still poses a major issue for Samsung.

Via their Belgian Twitter, Samsung has promised a firmware patch is currently undergoing testing for the Galaxy S II, so the company is at least working on the issue for that device. As soon as more information becomes available on further updates, DroidDog will continue to communicate that out.

“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 to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”

The Verge

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