Android users, remember how you laughed at Apple for having a security issue with its iOS6 that allowed the lockscreen to be bypassed? A similar issue was found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device and now also the Samsung Galaxy S3.
A new version of the lock screen bypass was discovered for the Samsung Galaxy S3. The hack works in a smiliar fashion except that it offers full access to the phone. The hack was discovered by Sean McMillan.The hack can be executed by using the following steps:
When the phone is in locked, the emergency dialer can be pressed and then the ICE (in case of emergency) contacts are displayed. Pressing the home button and immediatly the power button twice and the phone will go to the home screen and not the lock screen, giving full access to the phone. The bypass was tested on several Galaxy S3 devices and was successful.
This new discovery comes after a recent discovery made by mobile enthusiast Terence Eden uncovered a bug on a UK version of a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) running stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. In just a few simple steps, limited access can be gained to the phone. The security flaw was tested on both a standard device and a rooted device and the results were the same for both phones. The bypass hack was successful on pattern, PIN, password and face unlock lock screens.
The security issue appears to run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean devices and Samsung will most likely issue an update to patch the flaw.