@Lofenyy
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I actually did get this notification! It popped up and then went away almost immediately. It freaked me out but I figured I might not have seen it at all. Freaky to know it was real and that other people have gotten it too.

@AgreeableLandscape
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The implication of this tiny notification is terrifying. It means that 1, Samsung phones constantly receive data from Samsung and at the very least send the IP address back to them (probably much more), 2, Samsung can send some form of commands to every phone they make (with the extent of their control ranging somewhere from invoking a notification to rm -rf /), and 3, this ability is accessible to developers, which could very well include bad actors.

@Lofenyy
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Definitely. Arbitrary code execution is a fascinatingly dangerous power to have. A fantastic case study, though unrelated to security and modern computing, are Youtube videos demonstrating ACE on old Pokemon games. The thing that fascinates me is the idea of executing code outside of the carefully created sandbox you’re placed in. If you can execute code outside the sandbox, like via a backdoor, or via an exploit, you can use it for both good and evil. MS used its universal backdoor to force Windows 10 installations, but many hackers have used it to install Linux on a whole bunch of hardware, including video game consoles like the Wii.

https://invidio.us/watch?v=SL_Zuc0tlvo

@Tommstein
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If only they were massively tracking my Note 3 that got stolen in Ibiza a few years ago . . . .

@ajz
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I didn’t get any such notification on my Samsung phone with LineageOS installed. Should I be worried ? :spade suit: :performing arts:

@orangelamp
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I own a stock Samsung and also somehow didn’t get it, so idk

Dessalines
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Lineage got ur back. :winking face:

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Probably because LineageOS has no Samsung-controlled apps and doesn’t receive data from Samsung.

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