According to SamMobile, Samsung recently began pushing a software update to Galaxy S III smartphones to patch a recently-disclosed security flaw. "For now the new software update is only available for the United kingdom (BTU) but we expect other countries to follow soon," the article states.

"The update addresses a root exploit developed by XDA Developers forum member Alephzain two and a half weeks ago that allows malicious application installation and kernel code injection," writes Threatpost's Christopher Brook. "The exploit also can also grant applications the ability to read the device’s RAM and physical memory among other things."

"While this is good news for Galaxy S3 owners, the vulnerability affects other devices using the Exynos 4210 or 4412 processors, such as some versions of the Note, Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet," notes ZDNet's Ben Woods.

"Samsung has not indicated when the patch will hit North America or the rest of the world," writes TechNewsDaily's Ben Weitzenkorn.