Bitdefender USSD Wipe Stopper protects Android users from malicious code until Samsung issues patch for vulnerable phones.
Since security researchers discovered last week that several phones are vulnerable to a "dirty USSD" attack, there has been a not insignificant amount of concern.
The flaw allows hackers to create simple HTML pages which cause the phone to reset and wipe all of its data. The Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) commands can be issued thanks to a mixture of flaws in the stock Android web browser and the Android dialer.
However, mobile security firm Bitdefender has introduced a new app that prevents the attack from being implemented.
Wipe Stopper intercepts malicious commands from dodgy websites or QR codes and stops data being wiped, unless the user subsequently approves it.
Alexandru Balan, chief security researcher, Bitdefender, said: “The moment the vulnerability came to light, Bitdefender set some of the best minds in the industry to working. We came up with the best solution available – Bitdefender Wipe Stopper. It’s free, so we recommend pretty much every Android owner use it.”
The app also offers a test link which will open a page on Bitdefender’s website and see if your Android phone is vulnerable.