Your Samsung Device May Be Vulnerable To An AT Attack Even While Locked!

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  1. DroidModderX

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    Your Samsung devices may be vulnerable to a very specific AT command attack even while your screen is locked. Before you run away from your computer in terror remember most of these bugs that are reported are found in lab settings by people actively seeking them out. For the most part this particular bug won't really affect your day to day life, as it takes someone with some serious know how to hack your phone.

    What can a hacker gain with this hack? Essentially they can send text messages and phone calls from your phone without you unlocking the lock screen. Now if you hang out with guys like Ethan Hunt or James Bond you may find yourself in some serious trouble!

    How does the hack work? Devices connected via USB to a computer expose a serial interface that interacts with the USB modem. Older devices expose this info automatically while newer devices have to be forced to expose the info.

    The SecurityAffairs article goes on to explain that the security experts used a pretty rough C tool usbswitcher to get the job done. Newer devices need a more elaborate setup. Devices that are vulnerable include Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 mini LTE, and Galaxy S4. Other Galaxy devices are likely vulnerable, but were not tested by the security experts.

    via SecurityAffairs
  2. xeene

    xeene Gold Member

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    I don't remember last time I connected my phone to pc with usb cable. It's all been wireless past few years.