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  • Security exploit opens Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II to attack, could let apps from Google Play write to Kernel

    Security exploit opens Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II to attack, could let apps from Google Play write to Kernel

    Amid the XDA community’s ongoing quest to root every Android handset it comes across, one forum user appears to have found a serious exploit that affects certain Exynos devices. While fiddling with his Galaxy S III, XDA user Alephzain discovered a way to obtain root without flashing with Odin. The Samsung kernel apparently allows read / write access to all physical memory on the device, including the kernel itself. This makes for an easy root, Alephzain writes, but leaves devices open to attack — allowing Kernel code injections and RAM dumps from malware-laden apps from the Google Play store.

    It isn’t the only avenue for attack on an Android handset, but it is an exceedingly easy attack. Luckily, a community fostered fix seems pretty simple too — XDA user RyanZA has already created a patch to modify write permissions on affected devices — though Galaxy S III users are reporting that the fix cripples the phone’s camera app. So far, Alephzain has confirmed that the Galaxy S II, III, Note II and the Meizu MX are at risk, but notes that the exploit might work on any device running a Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor. Samsung has not yet made a comment about the vulnerability, but forum members say that the issue has been reported. As for the exploit’s lasting implications? Head on over to the XDA forums to join the discussion.

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    Via: The Next Web

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  • IRL: Pioneer VSX-60, Three UK and a Windows Phone 8 wish list
    Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

    IRL: Pioneer VSX-60, Three UK and a Windows Phone 8 wish list
    We’re back, this time with an unusual mashup between Engadget HD and Engadget Mobile. Kicking things off on the HD side, our own Ben Drawbaugh tells us what it’s like to live with Pioneer’s VSX-60 AV receiver. Meanwhile, Dan switches to Three UK for home broadband, and Deepak makes a plea for home screen folders in Windows Phone 8.

    Continue reading IRL: Pioneer VSX-60, Three UK and a Windows Phone 8 wish list

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  • Twitter archive downloads start rolling out to select users, lets you relive 2006 tomfoolery

    Twitter archive downloads start rolling out to select users, lets you relive 2006 tomfoolery

    Remember how you used to rave about MySpace or how excited you were to snag a brown Microsoft Zune? Twitter remembers, and it’s ready to let you relive the most awkward thoughts you ever deemed fit to publish on the internet. As promised by CEO Dick Costolo Twitter is letting users download a complete archive of their digital musings. The option hasn’t hit the mainstream Twitterverse just yet, but select users are finding the option hidden in the web client’s settings page under the heading “your Twitter archive.” Compiled archives are pretty, too — wrapped in HTML and organized by month. Ready to relive 2006, 140 characters at a time? Check out your own archive (if you’re lucky enough to have the option) and share your favorite embarrassments with us in the comments after the break.

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    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: The Next Web

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