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Hey guys,

I am a late adopter of the Galaxy S3 and I regret not adopting it earlier, it's an amazing phone! However, since I got my phone, I've heard of an Exynos memabuse exploit that left the phone some what vulnerable to attacks. Now, I'm hearing about the sudden deaths of GS3s around the world dying, without warning.

I've done some reading on this and found a lot of interesting theories mostly on the sudden death. XDA Developers and community members have been hard at work chipping in giving information to find the probable cause to it. From what I've read, it doesn't seem to matter what ROM or kernel the phone has, and it was concluded on the thread to be hardware failure. Then it narrowed down to the NAND RAM being corrupted for some reason, or a faulty batch of mother boards and even faulty chargers.

Most cases involved over night charging and the phone dying in the morning. Theory was that the charger was surging the phone causing it to die. It was also mentioned there could be a possibility it was a battery issue since most if not all of the reported cases have mentioned using the stock battery from Samsung.

Could this have anything to do with the coincidentally discovered exploit a week or two ago? It is just a thought and maybe it has some sort of connection with it. What do you say? I'm no developer even though I've picked up programming and is well versed in computers, so what do you guys think? Is this a batch of faulty S3 or is this going to plague everyone?

I know, I know, Samsung is actively repairing/replacing faulty sets but I would hate to have to do that cause I get attached to my devices..a lot..

Anyways, cheers and happy holiday!

asked Dec 22 '12 at 07:52

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Not directly related to the question, but the exploit can be fixed by running chmod on the directory in a terminal. You'll lose camera on most ROMs though.

Edit: A fix has been released by the community that fixes the exploit and still allows full use of the camera.

(Dec 22 '12 at 15:10) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

Mind you can link me to that fix? I can't seem to find it.

(Dec 22 '12 at 21:48) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Here's the thread on XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2050297

Don't use the camera fix unless yours actually breaks.

(Dec 22 '12 at 22:15) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

The sudden death of the S3 is not related to Exynos, it is is a hardware failure on the main board involving the flash chip. it is said to take effect at around the 150 day mark.

answered Dec 22 '12 at 09:16

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FYI Samsung is replacing the phones under warranty whether it is rooted or not.

(Dec 22 '12 at 09:19) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I understand. Have any device survived without experiencing this issue? I've got it for less than 30 days and I know they're replacing phones but I'll just hate to have to replace mine.

(Dec 22 '12 at 11:15) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

Not all phones are affected apparently, I have no idea what the percentage is, but some have this issue and some do not.

(Dec 22 '12 at 15:19) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

That's what I've heard this morning! According to one of the guy on the XDA forums there are revisions of the phone, but sadly no one reported the revisions that had died. Hoping this is all true. Haha thanks!

(Dec 22 '12 at 21:49) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image
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