Earlier this week we found out that tons of Samsung devices including the Galaxy S III were vulnerable to a very simple hack that could hard reset the phone.
The hack essentially required a simple html file that ran a TEL url with the reset code for the phone.
A bunch of Android based devices dialed the USSD code without confirming from the user resulting in data loss.
Collin Mulliner has released a simple app named TelStop that can save you from such attacks.
The app simply registers as a URL handler for TEL links. So whenever a malicious code is processed by the phone’s browser, user gets the popup to select between the dialer and the TelStop app.
This is a pretty simple approach to stop the hack from hard resetting vulnerable devices. It is not a permanent solution though. It remains to be seen if manufacturers would roll out patches for all the affected models.
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- reviews • 34
- TypeMobile / embedded OS
- Source modelOpen
- ReleasedJune 1, 2012