By Prarthito Maity | Mar 13, 2013 10:27 AM EDT
The immensely popular Galaxy Note 2 may be one of the most desired smartphones, but that doesn’t mean it comes without its good share of problems. The newest problem involves the much-talked-about lock screen bug.
A blogger has just revealed that the infamous lock screen bug of the Galaxy Note 2 now allows attackers access to the device’s popup browser, according to reports. This is a new report, after it was previously revealed earlier this month that the same bug lets users take a sneak peek of the home screen and cause limited potential harm.
The newest exploit in the Galaxy Note 2 lock screen bug was first uncovered by an Indian blogger named Ganesh who first found the issue and even wrote a detailed post about it. He says that he coincidentally detected one such problem “which throws open the ‘POP-UP Browser’," and it opens pages to the attacker when the device is securely locked with a numeric or alphanumeric pass key.
Basically, to get into the device, any user just needs to select an item listed in the information ticker, with the device then prompting the user to enter the passcode to unlock the device.
By tapping emergency call button, the device displays the emergency dialer window but with the Popup Browser open and fully usable. Ganesh also warns that any attacker can visit Web pages that have stored the user’s personal data, and via the browser, the attacker can also see what is in the clipboard.
“Naturally, Note 2 users need not worry about this problem unless their device is stolen and has its lock screen’s information ticker enabled. The problem can also be avoided by selecting a full screen Internet browser as the default app for launching links,” Android Authority states.
However, on the brighter side of things, Samsung is quite aware of the issue and is also planning to release a security patch to fix it. A company representative gave CNET the following statement in an email: "Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority. We are aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility."
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