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As far as bugs go, it does not get any worse than this: A recently discovered vulnerability in Samsung’s Exynos modems enables hackers to hijack phones without the owner’s involvement.

In Samsung’s Exynos modems, Google Project Zero discovered a total of 18 zero-day vulnerabilities in late 2022 and early 2023. Four of them only require the hacker to have the victim’s phone number to remotely compromise the user’s phone. According to Google, knowledgeable attackers may be able to “quickly create an operational exploit to compromise affected devices remotely and silently.”

The list of vulnerable phones is quite extensive and includes the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series, the Vivo S16, S15, S6, X70, X60, and X30 series, as well as the Samsung S22, M33, M13, M12, A71, A53, A33, A21, A13, A12, and A04 series.

Also vulnerable are any vehicles using the Exynos Auto T5123 chipset and any wearables using the Exynos W20 chipset (such as the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5).

Owners of Samsung Galaxy S22 devices will find some solace in the fact that the U.S. has a Qualcomm chipset instead of a Samsung Exynos chipset and are therefore not exposed. European owners of the Galaxy S22 are not as fortunate. Additionally, Google patched the Pixel 7 phones for the vulnerability in March 2023, though 9to5Google notes that the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are still at risk.

Omal J

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