The Google Factory Reset Protection is a security feature that was presented in Android 5.0 Lollipop to help keep your data safe. However, this security venture has been blown up for Samsung devices by RootJunky, who, using his Samsung device, managed to bypass FRP in just 10 minutes. All that was required was a single APK and OTG drive.
A certain feature on Samsung devices automatically launches a file manager even when the phone is locked as long as there’s a plugged in OTG drive. When your device asks for your Google account information, inserting your OTG and installing the APK will do the bypassing trick. The APK automatically pulls up the settings menu thus you can scroll down and reset factory data from the settings menu. When you boot the device again, the Protection Wall for Factory Reset is gone!
This discovery is both good and bad as it has equal ability to be used in evil just as in good. If you happen to perform a factory reset from your recovery menu then forget your account information, a quick installation from the APK will restore things for you. The negative side of this is that this knack is a thief’s tool to access your data even when your device has a password.
Thinking of this vulnerability on Samsung devices will make you squirm when thinking of your phone landing in the hands of a tech-junky villain. Let’s hope that some knack to fix this will be availed very soon by Samsung.
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