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Old 09-27-2012, 07:42 AM  
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Android security flaw

Figure there are Android phone users out there that don't visit the Media Center that might be affected by this which is why this is in the Lounge. I have added the QR code below that will link you directly to the test site (in case you aren't reading from your mobile).

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http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/articl...security_flaw/

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A security flaw has been discovered on various Android smartphones that allows a USSD code to perform a factory reset without any confirmation prompt. Is your Android phone at risk? Here's how to find out.

The USSD flaw was highlighted overnight at a Security Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Ravi Borganokar, a researcher in the telecommunications department at the Technical University of Berlin. It was first said to occur only on various Samsung smartphones running the TouchWIZ UI overlay, but it has since been discovered that the problem can affect various other Android phones, too.

The USSD codes themselves aren't a problem, but on some Android phones these can be executed without a confirmation prompt. Some of these codes, typed into the phones keypad, are harmless (such as the one used to display a phone's IMEI number) but other codes can factory reset the phone. USSD codes typically start with an asterisk (*) followed by numbers and almost always end with a hash (#).

On Android phones that don't require a confirmation prompt, a factory reset USSD code can be dialled automatically by the phone. While it's almost impossible to dial the code into the dialler accidentally, this code could be embedded into a URL link, a QR code, or an SMS by a hacker. This would mean you phone would be factory reset as soon as you opened the malicious link.

To check if your Android phone is vulnerable, follow these steps:

1. Visit this link through your phone's Web browser. Don't worry, it's a test page so it's not going to reset your phone!

2. If your phone's dialler pops up and shows a number, your phone isn't affected and there's no need to worry. This is shown below on a Sony Xperia go:



However, if your phones dialler pops up and immediately displays a pop up menu with your IMEI number, your phone is vulnerable to this security flaw. This is displayed below on a Samsung Galaxy S III:



To fix this security flaw until your carrier or manufacturer issues a patch for the problem, you can download an app called TelStop. You can find it in the Google Play Store here.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:15 PM   #46
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Well, that's the first time I've ever seen that, but I guess I've been proven wrong. Shame on Mercedes Benz.

It certainly didn't receive NEARLY as much air time as this:

Samsung has been pretty aggressive with the Apple attack ads recently...
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #47
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #48
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Samsung has been pretty aggressive with the Apple attack ads recently...
Yeah... good call. Samsung, the owner of iPhone's top competitor, hasn't had much problem making fun of their competition's customers. I guess they're another one of those VERY few companies who also do that....



Which has been going on since their last last revision with the SII....

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Old 09-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #49
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #50
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Apple does make the coolest adapters...

That was pretty funny.....
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #51
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What is the chance of this actually happening to my phone?
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #52
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #53
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What is the chance of this actually happening to my phone?
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Post your phone number up, and we can tell you pretty quickly...
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:26 PM   #54
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:28 PM   #55
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No, **** dude.... Don't post your number on here. I was kidding. I hope you're not serious...
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #56
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No, **** dude.... Don't post your number on here. I was kidding. I hope you're not serious...
Holy **** man, why would you do that to me?
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #58
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Factory reset won't break the phone.

It just puts the phone back to like when you bought it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #59
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Man, I'm really sorry. I never thought you would actually post it up here. My initial post was completely sarcastic. I wouldn't ever post my phone number online. Especially not here...

I apologize, but I really thought you would know that. My bad, I should have made that more clear.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:42 PM   #60
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Man, I'm really sorry. I never thought you would actually post it up here. My initial post was completely sarcastic. I wouldn't ever post my phone number online. Especially not here...

I apologize, but I really thought you would know that. My bad, I should have made that more clear.
lol got ya.

It was actually an area code with the next numbers spelling **** you. 3825968. Lol. I'm not too bright but I'm smart enough to know better than that.
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