Samsung's Apocalyptic Galaxy S III Remote Wipe Glitch Already Fixed

By Gary Cutlack on at

That amazing piece of code that can remotely wipe the contents of a Galaxy S III without the user's say so? It's already been fixed, says Samsung. So update your phone if you've been too scared to use it, lest some joker wipes all your SMS messages.

Samsung claims the vulnerability had already been spotted and resolved prior to being uncovered, with an over-the-air fix available for owners of its Android flagship. However, Samsung only specifically mentions the Galaxy S III, with no news on if this has been fixed in the other Samsung models it was shown to affect. Here's the statement from Samsung:

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

The bug isn't present in versions of the Galaxy S III that have already updated to Android 4.1, so those on the cutting-edge of Google mobile code are all OK. [The Verge]