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Samsung Releases Software Update to Fix TouchWiz Security Flaw on Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III software update

On Tuesday, security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar revealed a major security flaw in Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface that allowed a list of Galaxy smartphones to be completely wiped simply by opening up a malicious URL. Samsung has this morning announced that it has already fixed the problem on its flagship Galaxy S III, and users can download the over-the-air update now.

“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. 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.”

According to The Verge, Samsung’s Belgian Twitter account has also promised that a patch is currently in testing for the Galaxy S II. However, it’s unclear whether the other devices affected by the flaw — such as the Galaxy S Advance, the Galaxy Ace, and the Galaxy Beam — will receive the same treatment.

Presumably, Samsung will want to update all of the handsets that are at risk — and quickly. So we’re expecting to hear more regarding the handsets above in due course.

[Via: The Verge]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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