Bitdefender's Wipe Stopper addresses the USSD 'remote wipe' vulnerability in various Android-based phones.
The problem is that the software installed by some phone manufacturers processes USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes without user intervention when they are encountered in a web page, for example.
That's not a big deal for innocuous USSD codes such as one to display the phone's IMEI, but it is a problem if the code is the 'factory reset' command for that particular handset model.
"The moment the vulnerability came to light, Bitdefender set some of the best minds in the industry to working," said Bitdefender chief security researcher Alexandru Balan.
"We came up with the best solution available - Bitdefender Wipe Stopper. It's free, so we recommend pretty much every Android owner use it."
Page 2: free Android software from Sophos.