Samsung has acknowledged a major security hole in the Exynos chipsets powering its various flagship smartphones, including the international Galaxy S3, S2 and Note 2.
The South Korean giant has released an official statement confirming the existence of a potentially ‘dangerous’ security flub in the kernel of its Exynos processors that can be exploited by malicious applications to gain unchecked access to all physical memory on the affected devices.
The statement reads:
*Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.
The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.
Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.*
It’s hard to tell exactly how many devices are at immediate risk of malware attacks, but going by sales alone, we’re looking at a figure in excess of 50 million worldwide.
If you only download popular and reputable applications with solid ratings and directly from the Google Play store, you should be fine. However, it might be worth temporarily removing titles that you aren’t quite sure of, just to err on the side of caution.
We’ll confirm as soon as we know an ETA for Samsung’s software update. Keep ‘em peeled.