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Thread: Replicant Developers Find Backdoor In Android Samsung Galaxy Devices

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    Default Replicant Developers Find Backdoor In Android Samsung Galaxy Devices

    Phoronix: Replicant Developers Find Backdoor In Android Samsung Galaxy Devices

    Developers working on Replicant OS, a free and open-source spin of Google's Android operating system, have claimed to uncover a backdoor into the device's file-system for several Samsung Galaxy mobile devices using the stock Android image...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYyODE

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    Default There's a plus point

    Even if it is a backdoor, the point of open source is that the hole/vulnerability was able to be found, and can now be fixed and plugged.
    This is one of the primary reasons why open source is superior vs. closed source binary blobs since if such a hole is found, it'll get fixed, instead of aiming for security by obscurity and having the hole never be found but only exploited in secrecy.

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    The list of modern devices not having any sw or hw backdoor is much shorter than those having backdoors. Actually, the former might not even exist.

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    Can anyone suggest the best alternative ROM for a Galaxy S2? Preferably the closest to stock Android with full HW support.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavensRevenge View Post
    Even if it is a backdoor, the point of open source is that the hole/vulnerability was able to be found, and can now be fixed and plugged.
    This is one of the primary reasons why open source is superior vs. closed source binary blobs since if such a hole is found, it'll get fixed, instead of aiming for security by obscurity and having the hole never be found but only exploited in secrecy.
    Samsung's firmware is not open source.

    I am using a Galaxy S3 myself and I am really happy (although I have switched to CyanogenMod's Installer-branch last month - running perfect, but so did the stock firmware), but things like these are not cool. Just told The Verge, Engadget and ComputerBase about it. We will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veto View Post
    Can anyone suggest the best alternative ROM for a Galaxy S2? Preferably the closest to stock Android with full HW support.

    Thanks.
    CyanogenMod's Installer-branch (it's easy to install and uses a stable, tested branch of the CM firmware with OTA updates) has official support for the Galaxy S2:

    http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    CyanogenMod's Installer-branch (it's easy to install and uses a stable, tested branch of the CM firmware with OTA updates) has official support for the Galaxy S2:

    http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install
    Unfortunately that backdoor is active under CyanogenMod as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnAkIn View Post
    Unfortunately that backdoor is active under CyanogenMod as well
    This is quite troubling...

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    Now we know why proprietary firmware/drivers are bad.

    This needs to happen more often. It slightly makes me happy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnAkIn View Post
    Unfortunately that backdoor is active under CyanogenMod as well
    I'm sure this will be pulled now that they know of the backdoor.

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