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Five step hack allows you to easily avoid password on top Android smartphone

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) recently was heavily criticized when hackers discovered a complex process of presses allowed a potentially malicious user to circumvent the lock screen password.  The "hack" resembled a video game cheat and was quite intensive.

But apparently Apple wasn't the only one with this kind of vulnerability (or perhaps a backdoor firmware makers forgot to remove?).  With Android smartphones, Google Inc. (GOOG) typically allows Android phonemakers to make their own lockscreens.  Due to legal issues with Apple, and the desire to have distinctive GUIs, Android phonemakers have a variety of different software handling unlocking.

In Samsung's case, the proprietary lock-screen implementation on its best-selling flagship Galaxy S III is vulnerable to a similar hack.  The Full Disclosure mailing list, a popular hardware and software hacking email mailer, reveals the process as:

1) On the code entry screen press Emergency Call
2) Then press Emergency Contacts
3) Press the Home button once
4) Just after pressing the Home button press the power button quickly
5) If successful, pressing the power button again will bring you to the S3′s home screen

Looks like for now Samsung owners might want to avoid hurling criticism at Apple for its similar backdoor.

Source: Full Disclosure

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RE: Unlock..
By Nortel on 3/7/2013 2:49:06 PM , Rating: 1
I don't know of any businesses using Android phones but those whom do won't be too pleased at this simply bypass security bypass.

BTW, contacts can be accessed even with the phone locked? That is a huge security issue right there.

RE: Unlock..
By Newspapercrane on 3/7/2013 3:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
You are able to add certain contacts to the "Emergency Contacts" group. You may choose to use, or not use this feature.

RE: Unlock..
By Trisped on 3/7/2013 6:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
Emergency contacts is a limited list of contacts. It probably does not even show the phone number.

There are a number of advantages, like if you are found passed out on the street they can call your emergency contact to get your medical history and to let them know what happened to you.

Also, if you find a lost phone you can call the emergency contact and tell them where they can pick it up at.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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