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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Engadget: 'Dirty USSD' code could automatically wipe your Samsung TouchWiz device

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'Dirty USSD' code could automatically wipe your Samsung TouchWiz device
Sep 25th 2012, 12:17

'Dirty USSD' code embed can reset your Samsung Galaxy S III  and other TouchWiz devices

The Factory Reset. One of those last ditch efforts that many of us have a fair bit of experience with. However, a malicious embed code could potentially do the exact same thing to your Galaxy S III. The Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code (which we won't reproduce here) apparently only works on Samsung phones running Touchwiz, and only if you are directed to the dodgy destination while inside the stock browser (rather than Chrome, for example). This means the Galaxy Nexus is unaffected, but it can work the same dark magic on the likes of the Galaxy S II.

We've been trying to murder a GS III here at Engadget, but with no luck as yet -- we can cause the malicious digits to appear in the dialer, but not in the stock browser, and so far our data remains safe. However, this particular GS III has been rooted in the past and that may be interfering with the process.

Aside from our own experiences, the evidence for the vulnerability is certainly strong. It was demonstrated at the Ekoparty security conference last weekend, during which time presenter Ravi Borgaonkar also showed how a different code could even wipe your SIM card. See the video after the break for the evidence.

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