Security Breach in Samsung Smartphones: German BSI Advises Disabling MMS

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A vulnerability in Samsung smartphones allows hackers to access the devices. It was discovered by a Google employee during a hacking attack.

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) recommends installing the May security patch for Samsung mobile phones.

Hackers can access the Android system of Samsung smartphones through MMS bulk sending.

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has just published on Twitter a warning regarding the installation of the security patch for May, the deployment of which has already begun by Samsung.

According to the security experts, those who cannot find an update on their Samsung mobile phone should, as a precaution, deactivate MMS reception.

Samsung smartphones, which have been available since the end of 2014, are particularly affected.

The vulnerability was already discovered in January by security expert and Google employee Mateusz Jurczyk.

According to him, access to the system is possible in many Samsung mobile phones by sending MMS. Between 50 and 300 MMSs have to be sent to the recipient.

He also points out that opening these messages is not a prerequisite for remote access to the system.

Since January, Samsung has been working to fix security flaws. The company has also communicated on this subject.

With the May update, Samsung is putting an end to the vulnerability of these devices. However, it may take some time for the security patch to reach all compatible devices.

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