Unpatched vulnerabilities could give hackers substantial control over your Samsung devices. Discovered by a security company Oversecured founder Sergey Toshin, they were first reported by BipComputer.
Any of these unpatched security holes could help attackers trick you into giving access to your SMS messages.
If this sounds alarming, it gets worse: the other two vulnerabilities could be exploited by hackers to manipulate arbitrary files with elevated permissions. What makes them scarier is that they can be exploited without any user interaction.
Samsung is aware of these security holes and it may take around two months for a fix to arrive. For now, your best defense is to make sure your Samsung phone is using the latest firmware update.
14 of 17 vulnerabilities found by Toshin have been corrected by Samsung
Toshin has discovered more than a dozen vulnerabilities in Samsung devices since the start of the year. Many have already been taken care of.
There was also a flaw in the Settings app that could have given read / write access to files with system user level privileges. A vulnerability that was fixed in February could have given hackers access to your SMS / MMS messages and your call details.
Toshin also alerted Samsung to issues that could have helped bad actors recover the contents of the SD card.