Samsung has acknowledged the existence of a security vulnerability in many of its leading devices, and says that it is currently working on a software update that will resolve the situation.
The security hole, which was revealed earlier this week, could grant malicious apps access to the RAM in devices powered by the company’s 4210 and 4412 Exynos chips. This would then allow said apps to potentially access sensitive user data in various devices, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab Plus, and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Today, however, Samsung has issued a statement on the issue to various publications.
It reads: “Samsung is aware of the potential security issue related to the Exynos processor and plans to provide a software update to address it as quickly as possible.
The issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.
Samsung will continue to closely monitor the situation until the software fix has been made available to all affected mobile devices.”
Considering that the vulnerability affects Samsung’s premier devices, the security flaw could become a major thorn in the company’s side. And considering that Samsung is now the leading smartphone maker in the world, there exists the potential for this flaw to affect many users if not handled sooner rather than later.