Researchers from Austria based Graz Technical University have come to a conclusion that hackers can anytime exploit the meltdown vulnerability on Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile phones and put millions of the said device users into jeopardy.
A team of researchers from the University disclosed their findings on Wednesday at the Black Hat Security conference held in Las Vegas this week. They added in their statement that more of their findings on meltdown impact on other company makes and models of smartphones will be disclosed soon.
Reacting to the news, Samsung said that it has taken the security flaw seriously and has started to push the fix to affected users since last month. A spokeswoman declined to provide data regarding how many Galaxy S7 devices were at risk. But she confirmed that only the particular handset users were at risk, as no other device from her company was vulnerable to meltdown flaw.
Till date, there are almost zero reports on hackers exploiting S7 Meltdown flaw.
Note 1- Hackers can use the said flaw to bypass the hardware barriers and can trick applications to give up secret info such as passwords or banking details.
Note 2- Officially released in Feb 2016, S7 series of Samsung devices serve as successors to the Galaxy S6 and series smartphones of 2015. The 5.5-inch display holding device is water and dust resistant. It has a fingerprint reader embedded in the home button and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. In summer 2018, the device received Android 8.0 update and in early 2019 it will receive the prestigious Google Android Pie update.
Note 3- According to Strategy Analytics, over 30 million people are reported to be using S7 devices on a current note.