The Samsung Galaxy S III’s Lockscreen Is Full of Holes Too

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It seems it's pretty much safe to assume that if someone has your phone in their possession they'll be able to get through the lockscreen: now, the Samsung Galaxy S III has a security bug too. You can gain full access to a locked Galaxy S III with a series of simple button presses.

How simple are we talking? Well, according to the Full Disclosure mailing list, just like this:

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 quickly5) If successful, pressing the power button again will bring you to the S3′s home screen

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Again, this one seems like a Samsung problem, rather than an Android problem, but it looks like anyone with enough patience can bust through the S III's lockscreen without a password. Maybe keep your phone close by for a bit - who knows what kind of nefarious pranksters might cease upon this to fire your very private photos around the office. [Full Disclosure via TechRadar]


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brentrose
Brent Rose

So, I just spent 10 minutes trying to do this, and was never able to get through the lock screen. Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible that someone else has achieved this, but at the very least, it's very difficult to reproduce. It's also possible that it may only work with certain versions of the Galaxy S III (I was testing it with Sprint's version in the US), though the original source claims they made it work on three different S IIIs. For now, file this one under Hmmm...