Centre issues high-risk warning for Samsung Galaxy phone users, here’s why

The Union government has released a fresh advisory for Samsung Galaxy mobile phone users, urging them to promptly update their security systems and operating systems (OS) to shield themselves from potential cyber attacks and hacking.

On December 13, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued a high-risk security advisory, outlining various security implications for millions of Samsung Galaxy phones, encompassing both newer and older models.

The advisory categorizes Samsung phones as \”high-risk,\” emphasizing the urgency for owners of these devices to promptly update their OS firmware.

In its notification, CERT-In stated, \”Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Samsung products that could enable an attacker to circumvent implemented security restrictions, access sensitive information, and execute arbitrary code on the targeted system.\”

The agency attributed the risk to an improper access control flaw in the SmartManagerCN component of the OS, advising users to apply the necessary security updates for their Samsung Galaxy phones, as indicated by the company.

Failure to adhere to the CERT advisory poses several risks to Samsung Galaxy phone owners, as highlighted in the government\’s advisory:

  1. Stealing the phone\’s secret code (SIM PIN)
  2. Issuing commands to the phone with elevated privilege (broadcasting)
  3. Accessing private AR Emoji files
  4. Altering the clock on the castle gate (Knox Guard lock)
  5. Unauthorized access to the phone\’s files (arbitrary file access)
  6. Stealing important information (sensitive information)
  7. Controlling the phone like a puppet (executing arbitrary code)
  8. Taking over the entire phone (compromising the targeted system)

Samsung has subsequently provided instructions for users to ensure their safety against potential hacking attempts and to properly secure their phones.

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