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Dangerous Exynos 4 Security Hole Demoed and Plugged by Chainfire

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We recently told you about the Exynos4 security hole found by XDA Member alephzain. This is a security hole in the kernel that allows malicious code full access to all physical memory. XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire would have none of it, and not only pointed out the security hole by creating an app that roots your device without ODIN, but also provided a way to plug it.

His application, aptly named ExynosAbuse APK, gains root privileges via the ExynosAbuse exploit and installs SuperSU. In addition, in version v1.10, it allows you to disable the exploit at boot. The downside of disabling the exploit is that your camera may break. However, this is not so bad considering how your device can no longer b. . . READ ON »

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Heimdall and USB Logging Tutorial – XDA Developer TV

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Today on XDA Developer TV, XDA Recognized Developer and XDA Developer TV first timer Benjamin Dobell gives us a tutorial on USB logging. Dobell is responsbile for Heimdall. Heimdall is an open source cross platform flashing utility much like Odin, but better. Heimdall lets you flash ROMs on Samsung devices, only Heimdall runs on Windows, Linux, and OS X.

In today’s video, Dobell introduces himself and his Heimdall suite. He then he shows you how to log the USB connection of a flash download on your Galaxy device. Dobell explains that if you log a USB connection during a Kies firmware flash and send the resulting file to him, he may be able to reverse engineer the log and get your device working in Heimdall. So . . . READ ON »

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Samsung Demands to See Recent Agreement Between HTC & Apple

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“Why not upset the Apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.” – Frank A. Clarke

The news that Apple and HTC had decided to settle their differences outside of the courtroom in favor of a licensing agreement came as shock to many, not the least of whom was Samsung. Not only are they somewhat surprised at this turn of events, but they are also very, very curious—so curious in fact, that they’ve asked the courts to force Apple to reveal the details of the agreement in the hope that it can help them in their continuing struggle against “the fruit company.”

As Samsung knows that two of the patents the courts previously ruled had been infringed upon were also being use. . . READ ON »

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Jelly Bean Leak for the International Galaxy S II

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Well, it’s been a long time coming. But after a whole load of nay-saying, conjecture, and incessant optimism, Samsung Galaxy S II owners can finally grab hold of a leaked Samsung test build of Android 4.1.

Although Jelly Bean has been available for the Galaxy S II for some time now, there’s been no sign of a version from Samsung. But thanks to XDA Forum Member izap, build XXLSJ based on Android 4.1.2 is now available to download. The build features the latest version of TouchWiz known as Nature UX, which will give your Galaxy S II something of an S III look and feel. And to quote one user – “It’s freaking smoooooooooooth…”

So far the general feedback seems to be quite . . . READ ON »

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Device Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II S-Pen Overview – XDA Developer TV

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The story of the Samsung Galaxy Note II is an interesting one. When the first Samsung Galaxy Note came out, many people panned it, saying it was too large to be a usable phone and too small to be a usable tablet. The sales must have been good enough because Samsung has released the Galaxy Note II, and it’s bigger than before. So we got our hands on one, and we took it for a test drive.

This is the second part of a two part review series by XDA Developer TV Producer TK. You can catch his full write up here. This part covers an overview of the phone’s power, camera, and the coveted S-Pen. So check out this Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II.. . . READ ON »

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Patent System Fail: All your Rectangle with Rounded Corners are Belong to Apple

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In a move for which no level of facepalm can suffice, the USPTO granted Apple a patent for a rectangle with rounded corners last week. Regardless of how ridiculous it may sound, sadly it’s true. According to patent no. D670,286, design rights for a “portable display device” with an external shape that is a rectangle with rounded corners are now owned by Apple.. . . READ ON »

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S-Memo Stores Google Account Passwords in Clear Text, Viewable When Rooted

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There are always inherent risks when you root your device, though voiding your warranty in and of itself is not one of them, unlike what manufacturers would have you believe. Instead, the real risks are those things like having your /data partition readable by any app in the /system partition, as XDA Recognized Developer and Forum Moderator graffixnyc found out recently.

While browsing his AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 on a lazy Saturday afternoon, graffixnyc opened the Samsung S-Memo SQLite files and found something shocking: S-Memo stored his Google account password in clear text. After posting his findings in the thread, fellow XDA Recognized Developer ViViDboarder reminded graffixnyc that since . . . READ ON »

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CM/AOKP-Style Long-Press Back to Kill on TouchWiz ROMs

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Custom Android ROMs are great because they often bring bonus features that let us make the most of our smartphones. While some may be perfectly happy with their current ROM, many will find themselves longing for more once they see it in another build.

If you find yourself bringing up a task manager app or going into settings to manually kill misbehaving apps, CyanogenMod and AOKP (as well as a few other ROMs) allow you to long-press the back button to kill the currently active app. Thanks to XDA Senior Member Mirko ddd, you can now get this feature right away on your device without having to flash a different ROM, provided it’s running a TouchWiz-based ROM.

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“Apology” Didn’t Cut It; Apple Ordered to Really Apologize

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Last week, we told you about Apple’s creative “apology.” We expressed our opinion that Apple failed at following the order from the UK Court of Appeals. The court felt the same way, and has ordered Apple to correct their statement within 48 hours. It must be in at least 11-point font instead of the small text used by Apple and ON the front page rather than a linked page as Apple attempted to do. They called the statement Apple posted as “untrue” and “incorrect” and were, to put it lightly, quite displeased. Judge Robin Jacob had this to say about Apple:

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order.”

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