Samsung tablet owners beware (from SANS NewsBites):
The SANS piece mentions "smartphones," but this advisory applies to both Samsung smartphones and tablets.--Android Kernel Vulnerability Affects Samsung Devices
(December 17, 2012)
A critical flaw in the Android kernel in Samsung smartphones could be
exploited to steal data from the devices. The vulnerability affects a
number of devices, including the Galaxy S2, S3 Note 2 and Note 10.1.
Developer warns of critical vulnerability in many Samsung smartphones | Ars Technica
Kernel vulnerability places Samsung devices at risk | ZDNet
Security flaw found in Samsung handsets, tablets | ZDNet
Suspected security hole found in many Samsung devices | Security & Privacy - CNET News
Samsung devices vulnerable to dangerous Android exploit - Computerworld
[Editor's Note (Murray): Android is simply one more example of the
preference of the market for openness, generality, flexibility, and
backward compatibility to security. Security, in the abstract, ranks
high as a requirement except for everything else.
From an XDA Developers thread on it at [ROOT EXPLOIT+PATCH][2012.12.18] ExynosAbuse APK v1.30:
JimYou should be very afraid of this exploit - any app can use it to gain root without asking and without any permissions on a vulnerable device.