Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Sep 2012 21:14 UTC, submitted by bowkota
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On the same day I bought a brand new iMac and switched back to Mac (no joke!), and teased the employees at the Apple retailer with my Galaxy SII, Samsung goes around and pulls something idiotic like this. TouchWiz, Samsung's Android skin, has a very severe flaw which passes digits along from JavaScript (via their modified browser) to the modified dialler, allowing your device to be factory reset (!) by just visiting a link - via NFC, QR, or plain. This doesn't affect all Samsung devices, but those that are affected are all TouchWiz devices. This just proves once again that you should either buy Nexus, or make the switch to Cyanogenmod (or any of the other AOSP-based ROMs).
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RE: Another, simpler solution
by Windows Sucks on Tue 25th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC in reply to "Another, simpler solution"
Windows Sucks
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Just use another browser. I've personally been using Opera for years and I see no reason whatsoever to switch. Especially so since I can't use CyanogenMod.


The same goes for QR scans and NFC – Samsung’s TouchWiz UI makes the dialer automatically execute the sequence, which can potentially force a factory reset code onto your unsuspecting phone, and wipe your data.

It's not browser based..

This sucks because regular users have no clue how to use a ROM and almost no one buys nexus phones, Samsung barely markets theirs.

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