Samsung is having a great time in the market with nothing to complain about, when it comes to device sales at least. But the past few days have been nothing short of embarrassing for the company, with reports claiming that devices running on a few Exynos chipsets (4210 and 4412) are vulnerable to privacy attacks. This was confirmed by developers and it was believed that the fix would be rolled out soon. This is basically the reason why the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note was delayed.
And it seems like the company understands the enormity of the condition and has come out with a word acknowledging the said bug. A spokesperson from Samsung spoke to Android Central and gave clarification on the issue and promised a fix as soon as possible. Samsung, in a way tried to downplay the whole thing and rightly so as the exploit requires a certain malicious application so as to access private data. So as long as the users are vary of what apps they’re downloading, there should be absolutely no problem. Considering that Samsung’s new flagships run on the said chipset, we would have been surprised if it didn’t come out with a word or two. Developers have already come up with a fix for this bug though.
We can’t say for sure if this little glitch will affect the sales of the device in general with the holiday season approaching. But a person in sync with the recent turn of events, would certainly think twice. It is rather unfortunate that the exploit had to be surfaced now, given this is a key time of the year for any manufacturer. Regardless, there’s a fix on its way very soon, so I guess all will be forgotten once it is dealt with. As of now though, Samsung’s competitors will certainly be silently smirking. Samsung failed to mention as to when exactly the fix would make its way, but we’re hoping it should be here within a month.
Here’s the statement given by a spokesperson for Samsung –
“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.
With this news, we can almost sense Microsoft smirking at Google and Samsung collectively, especially after the Windows Phone #DroidRage campaign backfired for Microsoft. It is commendable that Samsung has acknowledged the issue instead of beating around the bush and silently posting an update.
Via: Android Central