Security researchers find a way to listen in on calls made from Samsung smartphones

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Security researchers have been able to find a way to listen in on phone calls made through a Samsung smartphone by using a malicious base station, the full extent of this vulnerability is unclear but it does affect the company’s recent high-end devices like the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. It’s classified as a “man-in-the-middle” attack, discovered by researchers Daniel Komaromy and Nico Golde, it involves setting up a malicious base station close to the target device which then automatically connects due to a vulnerability in Samsung’s “Shannon” line of baseband chips.

Once the handset is connected the base station pushes firmware to its baseband processor, a chip that handles voice calls, and that firmware routes the calls through the malicious base station from where they are directed to a proxy that records calls and sends them to the attacker. All of this happens without the user ever knowing about it, they can continue to make and receive calls while they’re recorded in the background as if the line had a wiretap on it. The researchers have not made the full details of this attack public for obvious reasons but they have disclosed it to Samsung which will hopefully have a fix ready in the near future.

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ahmedabbas722
2 years 4 days ago
ahmedabbas722

and for reasons like this i had a snapdragon equipped processor samsung smartphone

AlphaCygni
2 years 5 days ago
AlphaCygni

I guess that this does not apply to Whatsapp and the rest of VoIP based calls apps.

allromeroblz1
2 years 5 days ago
allromeroblz1

crap, good thing i live in a third world country. this aint happening anytime soon for me.

j2001m
2 years 5 days ago
j2001m

And, now Knox will block it in days, no need for full software updates

tisazalay
2 years 6 days ago
tisazalay

Well, there are method’s that allow intercepting any call (with the proper warrants) using adequate equipment…. That’s what some agencies around the world do…. Now there’s an extrajudiciary way of doing it.

NoteLove
2 years 6 days ago
NoteLove
Will this get fixed anytime soon? I don’t have anything to worry about but who wants to be listened in on? Nearly a year still no samsung pay in europe? Why list it as a feature on the S6 when we don’t have it and the S7 is around the corner. I’ve given Samsung a lot of money these last few years. Fair to say I’m waiting on the iPhone 7 and I’ll keep my S6 as a 2nd phone and Note 4 as a 3rd. No more Samsung for me. FYI Apple also have issues TBF but they patch… Read more »
treskilos
2 years 2 days ago
treskilos

Papple boy! God bless you with the new papple stone!

nkolsen
2 years 4 days ago
nkolsen

And how many places in Europe can you use apple pay which will be 2 years old when you get iphone 7? And what do you know of security updates on your Samsung phone? Samsung is doing the security updates by themselves, they don’t need to wait on android releases. So if those 2 points are your big reasons to shift then you fail to give good reasons….

preime101
2 years 4 days ago
preime101

Actually here in the UK almost everywhere that has a payment terminal has been upgraded to receive contactless payments (with the exception of big retailers like sainsburys and tesco) so they can also take apple pay and could take Google wallet/pay and Samsung pay if they finally pulled their finger out

igy
2 years 6 days ago
igy

from where is this wallpaper?!

igy
2 years 6 days ago
igy

love this wallpaper. from where is it?

gtone339
2 years 6 days ago
gtone339

Phonehacking?

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