Good morning, fellow Galaxy Note 2 cult members. I am here today to bring you news of a newly discovered vulnerability that could spell trouble for anyone under the right set of circumstances. Allow me to explain.
A Mr. Terence Eden discovered that if you set your lockscreen to have a pattern or code unlock, then go to the emergency dialer and press the ICE contacts (in case of emergency), then hit the home button, the phone flashes the owner’s homescreen on the display, then goes back to the lockscreen.
Now, it does only flash the homescreen for a single split second, but it is long enough for a person up to no good to launch an app or direct dial if you those shortcuts available on that homescreen. Like I mentioned, a person would need to know what they’re doing, and they would need some pretty fast fingers. Either way, it is there and it is a potential risk.
Below is a video detailing the flaw, with the Note 2 running the stock Android 4.1.2 firmware that most Note 2’s are currently running. Samsung has yet to acknowledge the issue, but once they are made aware of the problem, you can probably expect some type of fix. Until then, watch your backs.