i buy all my apps do not pirate however i did dl and sideload chrome [so i could have multiview] and photo editor which didnt come with my vzw phone [against my better judgement] now i am more worried.
hard reset is the only way to full clear it out? unistall wont be enough?
There is already an app from the well known developer Chainfire, on xda that you can download for a temporary fix. Install the app, turn it on, problem fixed. It renders the camera unusable on some phones so if you want to take a pic you need to shut the app off before doing so and then remember to turn it back on again after. The inconvenience of doing this however is better than walking around unprotected all the time.
Also, if you are into custom roms and are willing to flash your phone to have all the latest updates like a lot of us, there is a custom Kernel they have built which you can flash into your phone which closes the security hole without the need of an app and does not effect the camera. This is just one of the many perks of rooting you phone and running custom firmware, not needing to wait for att or Samsung. All the best with whatever you choose!
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I downloaded the Exynos Abuse patch to plug this security issue on my Verizon Note 2. The article says it breaks your camera. I did not break mine. I do have to turn off Exynos Abuse (this is an app that installs when you install the patch) when I want to use hdmi. I just turn it back on when I'm done using hdmi.
The patch roots your phone and installs the patch with a simple apk install. You can also unroot your phone with it.
While I was not planning to root my phone, I decided to use the patch rather than risk my phone getting hacked.
I don't use pirated apps either, but I do download apps from the Play Store.
The plus side to this is that you can set the app to run on boot, so you don't need to worry about checking it off every time you start up your phone.
NOTE: I'm using a Verizon Note II, and my front facing camera does not break with this .apk. I cannot say the same for other carrier's phones though.
You can also change the permissions for the Exynos memory file from 660 to 600 on your own, but I'd rather leave that to people who already know how to change permissions. The .apk above is a very simple way to fix the problem.
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