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Some Samsung Galaxy phones come with bonus backdoor feature

14
Mar
2014

A new security issue that may affect the privacy of Android device owners who purchased certain Samsung Galaxy models has been found, and apparently patched, by Replicant developers who are working on their own Android OS custom ROM. The modem chip which runs proprietary Samsung code has a backdoor in it that would allow third parties to perform several tasks on the handset, without the consent of unsuspecting users. The modem processor that’s in charge of wireless communications with the carrier, “always runs a proprietary operating system, and these systems are known to have backdoors that make it possible to remotely convert the modem into a remote spying device,” Replicant developer Paul Kocialkowski wrote on the Free Software Foundation’s blog. “The

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