With the help of this weakness an intruder can successfully take full control of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. So even if the smartphone is protected by a pattern, password, PIN or even face detection, it will take a few steps to bypass them and take control of the device.
It is noteworthy, that this lockscreen flaw is not on stock Android from Google. Only Samsung Galaxy Note II devices running on Android 4.1.1 or 4.1.2 are susceptible. As a matter of fact, even Samsung Galaxy S III seems to be unaffected by this vulnerability.
The only relief for the Samsung Galaxy Note II users is that it is not really a child's play to gain access to the smartphone. One will have to follow certain steps to be able to bypass the lockscreen. If you are curious to check out how to make most of this flaw, watch the video below.
Samsung has shared that the company will be rolling out an update to fix this problem at the earliest.
This is not the first time that a security flaw involving the emergency dialler of Samsung Galaxy Note II has been spotted. In the last exploit, the homescreen of Samsung Galaxy Note II could be used to launch programs and directly dial contacts from your phone. The process is again done through the emergency contacts area of the lock screen, and can give access to portions of a locked Galaxy Note II.
Recently, there was another security flaw discovered in the Samsung Galaxy S III that allows anyone to bypass the lock screen of the phone by following a few simple steps.