Following news this weekend that an exploit on phones like the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II could allow malicious apps access to user data and other inner workings of the devices, Samsung has confirmed that the vulnerability is real. In a statement released to Android Central, the company says it "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." It is suspected that all phones running Samsung code on Exynos 4210 and 4412 processors are vulnerable — meaning, for example, that the US versions of the Galaxy S III are safe from the exploit. Samsung does reiterate that the issue "does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications," meaning that you should be safe for now if you stick to well-known, legitimate apps.
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