(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A security flaw has been found that could pose a potential threat to Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, reports The Register.
The security hole, found by the developers of Replicant, grants attackers the chance to remotely access the device’s files.
“This program is shipped with the Samsung Galaxy devices and makes it possible for the modem to read, write and delete files on the phone’s storage,” Kocialkowski wrote in a guest post to a Free Software Foundation blog. “On several phone models, this program runs with sufficient rights to access and modify the user’s personal data.”
According to Kocialkowski, the device affected can be secured by replacing the stock Android firmware, which can be done with a free OS software.
“Our free replacement for that non-free program does not implement this back-door,” Kocialkowski wrote. “If the modem asks to read or write files, Replicant does not cooperate with it.”
Some of the devices that are affected by this security flaw are the Galaxy S and S2, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Slll, among many others.