Last week, we highlighted a video that showed a way the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s homescreen can be exploited in order launch programs and directly dial some contacts on your phone, even though the process takes some quick finger work. The process is done through the emergency contacts area of the lock screen, and is once again being used to give access to portions of a locked Galaxy Note 2.
The latest vulnerability highlighted in a video requires the phone to have its ticker active, which as a result displays news bites and other short news information upon waking the device. Tapping on a news piece will be met with the device’s lock screen, but if you tap on the emergency contacts button, you’ll then be able to see the launched browser. From there, the user can access the phone’s clipboard as well as websites that may hold personal information.
Considering how many exploits have surfaced revolving around the emergency contacts menu, we’re hoping Google is not only made aware of these workarounds, but is also in the process of patching them up.