Telstra Galaxy S III not affected by URL version of USSD exploit, is affected through dialer
We’ve just done a little test over here at Android Australia to see if the Australian variants of the Galaxy S III are vulnerable to the glitch that has been plaguing the factory reset function.
We tested the glitch on a Telstra branded Galaxy S III model and it went through the factory reset process through using the dialer. However, when testing it through the URL version it came up that it was not vulnerable and Telstra/Samsung’s latest maintenance update has fixed the issue:
The guys over at Gizmodo also did a test on their 4G Galaxy S III that runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It appears that this version of the SGS3 is also vulnerable to reset via the dialer method:
If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S III in Australia then it is probably safe to assume that your device can be factory reset through the dialer. However, it is likely that newer Galaxy devices (supposedly above Android version 4.0.3) are safe from URL attacks. If you want to check if your device is in fact vulnerable then head over to our how to page on the topic.