Following the discovery of a flaw in the way some Samsung Android devices rendered USSD codes, allowing devices to perform a factory reset without warning, Samsung has issued a statement explaining that the issue has already been patched, urging users with older firmware versions to update their devices.
“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.”
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While the issue had been confirmed on a number of older Samsung devices, we were unable to recreate the bug in our own tests on a Galaxy S III handset. It lent credibility to the suggestion that only Galaxy S III handsets that hadn’t been updated recently were susceptible to the flaw.
If you own a Galaxy S III and haven’t updated your device in a while, you can download a newer update via Samsung’s KIES software or perform an over-the-air update on the device itself.
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