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Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking


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Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone handset.

Researchers at Graz Technical University in Austria say they have found a microchip security flaw that makes Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone handsets vulnerable to the Meltdown bug.

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Researchers from Graz Technical University in Austria say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

They say this flaw makes the smartphones vulnerable to the notorious Meltdown bug, placing tens of millions of devices at risk to hackers aiming to monitor users.

Graz Technical University's Michael Schwarz says the team also expects to detect more Meltdown-vulnerable devices in the future.

Along with the Spectre vulnerability, Meltdown can be leveraged to expose the contents of a computing device's central processing unit by either circumventing hardware obstacles or deceiving applications into revealing secret information such as passwords or banking data.

Samsung said it began pushing a patch to users to protect Galaxy S7 handsets against Meltdown last month.

From Reuters (China)
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