Remember that potentially catastrophic vulnerability discovered last week by a XDA-Developer member? It’s been patched, which closes the exploit for most people, but the majority of users are either unaware of the fix, or unaware the issue exists in the first place. Samsung has acknowledged the problem, and promises to push an update as soon as possible. This could come in the form of a carrier-independent OTA update, though at this point we’re not sure whether Samsung has the means to do so.
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.
A large number of Canadian devices are affected by the exploit, including the Bell Galaxy S II i9100 and all carrier versions of the Galaxy Note II. The Rogers and TELUS Galaxy S III, all Galaxy S III variants and the original Galaxy Note are note affected because they run Qualcomm chips.
We’ll update you when we know more about Samsung’s plans for pushing out a fix.