Attackers are able to bypass the lock screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone, a device that the Korean electronics giant is pitching to enterprise customers.
First discovered by self-confessed mobile enthusiast Terence Eden, he outlines the flaw that allows an attacker to bypass the device's pattern lock, PIN code, longer alphanumeric password, and even the face unlock security feature.
It's not clear if the flaw lies within Samsung's devices or the Android platform, or both. However, this flaw may not be limited to Samsung's Note II or Android 4.1.2, and users and IT managers alike should test their devices immediately.
From the lock screen, an attacker can hit the emergency contacts button. Then, by holding down the home button, the unlocked home screen is momentarily displayed. That alone is enough to see what's on the home screen. Getting the timing right, users can direct dial and launch apps—though the attacker can only see what's briefly displayed rather than directly use the apps.
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