Security researchers identified a flaw in how Samsung TouchWiz devices handled so-called USSD codes, with the potential for rogue websites to push a factory-reset code to the smartphone which required no user-confirmation to enact.
So, if you own a Galaxy S III smartphone, you should update it to the latest version of software available, either using Kies or over-the-air.
Samsung however did not state anything about the vulnerability on other smartphones or their patches. According to reports, Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, Ace and select other smartphones can also be wiped by a hacker by simple using a single line to code in a malicious website, NFC tag or QR code.We hope company will soon release a patch for other devices too.
“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” Samsung told us today. “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 bug isn’t present in versions of the Galaxy S III that have already updated to Android 4.1, so those on the cutting-edge of Google mobile code are all OK.