Anybody read the major security issue with our phones?General

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  1. Caloy

    Caloy Well-Known Member

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  2. sillyrabbitt123

    sillyrabbitt123 Well-Known Member

    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?

  3. topshelf95

    topshelf95 Well-Known Member

    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!
  4. Corki2

    Corki2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. girolez

    girolez Often Off Piste Guide


    I've rooted and installed it too, but it has left me with device status "modified" which I can't easily reverse which means ota upgrades won't work. No great issue as it's better to be safe!

  6. Corki2

    Corki2 Well-Known Member

    I thought you could unroot and remove the "modified" status. Can you tell me where I would find this device status on my phone? I don't see anyrhing that says mine is modified, but I think it should.
  7. JustDriftin

    JustDriftin Well-Known Member

    Settings==> About Phone--> Status then all the way to the bottom where it says Device status.
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  8. Corki2

    Corki2 Well-Known Member

    Ok. I had looked there and mine didn't say modified. I just swapped batteries and now it does say modified. I guess it was the reboot. Thanks!
  9. roy5000x2

    roy5000x2 Well-Known Member

    You can patch the exploit without having or needing root

    Instant fix app for Exynos Mem Abuse vulnerability, no root required, reversible | Project Voodoo

    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.
  10. puchasr

    puchasr Active Member

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