Android Security researcher RootJunky, who is known to bypass factory reset protection on various Android devices. This time, they have successfully managed to find a way to bypass the factory reset protection on Samsung phones.
This Hack Can Factory Reset Any Samsung Phone Without a Password
If you are wondering what Factory reset protection or FRP is then let me clear that to you. Factory reset, also known as master reset which is a software restore of an electronic device to its original system state by erasing all of the information and data stored on the device in an attempt to restore the device’s software to its original manufacturer’s settings. Doing so will effectively erase all the data, settings, and applications that were previously stored on the device.
Google had first introduced Factory Reset Protection on the devices running Android Lollipop. The security system makes it basically impossible for a thief to use your phone if it is stolen, the thief cannot gain full access to the device even after factory resetting it. According to RootJunky, they have managed to find out a new way that can remotely Factory reset any Samsung smartphone.
RootJunky on Youtube uploaded a new video that shows that the Factory Reset protection can be bypassed on Samsung devices which includes the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy “S” series, as it can also work on some older Samsung devices too. The Hack actually uses a Security hole from Samsung that lets RootJunky bypass the factory reset protection.
Here’s is the video:
Android Police explained the whole process of how Rootjunky manages to demonstrate the flaw:
“After confirming that the FRP is activated in the bootloader, he reboots the phone, connects it to WiFi, then connects it to a computer. The next step is downloading a program from his site that allows him to send a fake call to the phone. Once the call comes in, he hits “Create contact”, scrolls all the way down in the contact creation list, and clicks the “SCAN BUSINESS CARD” option. That opens a prompt to download the business card scanning app on Galaxy Apps”
“From there, it’s a matter of downloading a file manager after signing into a Samsung account, which lets him get to an app he created that essentially acts as a shortcut to a Google sign-in screen. There, he hits the three-dot menu on the top right that permits him to open a web page to sign in through. After this, he signs into a new Google account, reboots the device, goes through the setup process once again, and voila! The S7 is able to be used normally again.”
For users who need step-by-step methods to bypass Factory Reset Protection on Samsung, smartphones can visit RootJunky’s website. They have shared the whole process is written.