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Remember that great AT&T model of the Galaxy S II we reviewed this week?Turns out there’s a pretty big security flaw with it. BGR found that if you have a lock screen set up, it can be easily bypassed.
All you have to do is wake the phone up to the lock screen, let the display shut off on its own, then wake the phone up again. The lock screen will be gone and you can access the entire phone, no problem.
We tried it with our Galaxy S II and we can assure you the problem is very real.
Luckily, we did not notice the flaw in the Sprint version of the Galaxy S II.
AT&T launches the phone on October 2, so we hope a software fix can be pushed out before then.
UPDATE: Samsung and AT&T both gave us a statement on the security bug, including a way to temporarily fix it until they can issue a software update. Here’s the statement:
Samsung and AT&T are aware of the user interface issue on the Galaxy S II with AT&T. Currently, when using a security screen lock on the device, the default setting is for a screen timeout. If a user presses the power button on the device after the timeout period it will always require a password. If a user presses the power button on the phone before the timeout period, the device requests a password – but the password is not actually necessary to unlock it.
Samsung and AT&T are investigating a permanent solution. In the meantime, owners of the Galaxy S II can remedy the situation by re-setting their time-out screen to the “immediately” setting. This is done by going to the Settings->Location and Security->Screen unlock settings->Timeout->Immediately.