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[TNW] Not just Samsung: Other Android phones can be remotely wiped by hackers, here’s how to check yours

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Yesterday we reported about a flaw in Samsung’s Touchwiz UI that allowed for data wiping, among other nasties. The good news is that the flaw has already been patched. The bad news is that self-described general geek Dylan Reeve says it’s not just limited to Samsung devices.

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Link to Dylan Reeve's blog post

The vulnerability is patched if your dialer doesn't dial the code, but only shows it in the dialer app.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 9/26/12 at 2:44pm
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From one of the user comments from the site regarding the hard reset
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unfortunately I have tried testing reset factory settings by dialing the mentioned code, I thought that it would ask for the confirmation and it didn't which wiped off my entire phone.. frown.gif
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So I guess when they say patched it's that it no longer auto-dials the number? My S3 opens the dialer with the number inserted but doesn't call it unless you press call.
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This is pretty much a summary.

If you visit a site on your phone it can automatically open up your dialer and from there it can do a bunch of codes such as "*2767*3855# - HARD RESET (will fully wipe and restore firmware.)"

Read here for more dialer codes that they could do to your phone.
Edited by B-rock - 9/26/12 at 3:01pm
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I love those codes <3

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