Samsung downplayed a root exploit vulnerability in some of its Exynos processors, and promised a patch for the flaw, according to a company statement acquired by AndroidCentral. Read More ..
The bug affects devices with Exynos 4210 and 4412 processors and was first made public by an XDA Developers forum member operating under the handle Alephzain. If exploited, the vulnerability could allow for malicious application installation and enable an attacker to obtain root privileges on affected devices.
Just after Alephzain posted about the issue on the XDA Developers forum, another user, Chainfire, created an application called ExynosAbuseAPK that used the exploit to root affected devices at boot and disable the vulnerability. Some users who applied the makeshift fix had trouble with their camera applications after installing the ExynosAbuseAPK app.