On Monday we told you about the discovery of a potentially dangerous vulnerability in the kernel code of Androids running certain Samsung Exynos processors. The unchecked memory access afforded by the hole not only allowed for painless rooting of affected phones, but opened them up to attacks by malicious apps. The Android development community was quick to realize the possible implications of such an exploit, and quickly whipped-up a workable fix. We heard at the time from some of those devs that they had been in contact with Samsung regarding the issue, but hadn’t yet gotten word of any official company response. Today, Samsung comes through with a few words about the bug, and its plans to fix it.
Samsung’s 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.
We wonder just how “quickly” Samsung is talking about here, but at least it’s nice to hear that the company is taking things seriously. In the meantime, you can check out the temporary fix through our earlier post on the issue, but considering the complications it raises for the camera on affected handsets, we’re anxious to see an official fix arrive soon.
Source: Android Central