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For anyone who got this far and missed post #9 I feel I should point out that there is a another source that has it the OP may have been a premature or slightly embellished claim.
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lol I think they are messing with mine and making it seem like the performance is degrading... or maybe it's just a piece of crap. I hate my phone lol. Samsung Galaxy S1. I'm off contract and want a Lumia 1520... can't get them in Canada and I don't want pay $500 dollars for a phone....

How dare you say that. The original Galaxy S is still the best of all of them.
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nah...S2 Nexus S GNex Note 3 are some of the better Sammy phones....but now with the backdoor it's moot as their all crap phones thumb.gif
     
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post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Neckbeard13 View Post

For anyone who got this far and missed post #9 I feel I should point out that there is a another source that has it the OP may have been a premature or slightly embellished claim.

Maybe. They put a lot of faith in a) you having updated software/firmware for the phone and b) SELinux being able to prevent privilege escalation or something overlooked allowing them further into the devices. They also say "it's only going to get them access to a small part of your phone". That's like saying...they only made it into the garage so you shouldn't worry.

Considering my GNexus stopped getting software updates back in July I think...I'm a little worried but at the same time mostly pointless nonsensical pictures of a non-compromising nature (they're accounting hw mostly) and my horribly dated and poorly maintained phonebook are really all I have on the thing. Still wish I could get Ubuntu working on my phone or Replicant was further along for it.
     
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post #25 of 29
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No, it is so they can harvest your data, or do whatever they want to your device. That is the only reason for putting something like this in, period. There are plenty of other options that could have been used if the only reason was to allow a phone to be wiped remotely, if lost or stolen. The funny thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if this existed on any mobile device, I am sure it is on my iPhone, heck, we already know the NSA had Firmware level backdoors on lots of devices.

Bit of a rant, but I have a customer I kind of envy....

The guy is a retired logger, it is him and his wife (his dog too) living in the woods, he has a simple 1Mb connection from my company. His computer is a Gateway he purchased in 2000, and it is used only for getting pictures of the grand-kids. His phone? An old as heck flip phone.....

He has a nice little house, nice bit of property out of the way, he owns everything of his outright. Basically the guy is pretty much off grid, and self sustainable, just old school. In other words, he is a very simple person who enjoys a very simple life.....makes me hate technology sometimes.

biggrin.gif

In many ways this should be everyone's goal hang out with the wife no distractions a lot of fresh air and real food.

I go through phases where I hate tech and drop out then something will pique my interest and I'm back. I'm getting to one of those points now again where I want to leave the office life and go do actual work during the week and put the family in the Jeep and disappear into the woods on the weekend.
 
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post #26 of 29
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In many ways this should be everyone's goal hang out with the wife no distractions a lot of fresh air and real food.

I go through phases where I hate tech and drop out then something will pique my interest and I'm back. I'm getting to one of those points now again where I want to leave the office life and go do actual work during the week and put the family in the Jeep and disappear into the woods on the weekend.

That's the true irony of a tech nerd.. he really longs for the woods, a pick axe, some good beer and a busty.. ahem.. trusty wife
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

No, it is so they can harvest your data, or do whatever they want to your device. That is the only reason for putting something like this in, period. There are plenty of other options that could have been used if the only reason was to allow a phone to be wiped remotely, if lost or stolen. The funny thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if this existed on any mobile device, I am sure it is on my iPhone, heck, we already know the NSA had Firmware level backdoors on lots of devices.

Bit of a rant, but I have a customer I kind of envy....

The guy is a retired logger, it is him and his wife (his dog too) living in the woods, he has a simple 1Mb connection from my company. His computer is a Gateway he purchased in 2000, and it is used only for getting pictures of the grand-kids. His phone? An old as heck flip phone.....

He has a nice little house, nice bit of property out of the way, he owns everything of his outright. Basically the guy is pretty much off grid, and self sustainable, just old school. In other words, he is a very simple person who enjoys a very simple life.....makes me hate technology sometimes.

biggrin.gif

I've considered trying to go off the grid but I'm to lazy and don't have the funds to do such a thing. But I do have my own chickens.
 
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So if you are not running Samsung's "messed with" Android and instead have a different ROM installed, wouldn't that remove their ability to run anything? Or can they still gain access even without the extra bit of software that seems to be running?

I've been installing Cyanogenmod since i started using Android phones.
 
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This news is bull. You have to be running a hacked RIL created by the people who discovered this "exploit" for this to work.

Ergo, no-one is affected.
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