Israeli researchers find flaw in Samsung security platform

Israeli cyber-security experts have found a vulnerability in Samsung's  (SSNLF, SSNGY) Knox security platform when enabled on the best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone.

The researchers say the flaw could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications, and in a worst-case scenario, cause havoc within a secured network.

However, Samsung said an initial investigation found that the problem isn't as serious as the Israeli researchers make out.

The discovery comes as Samsung attempts to gain approval for Knox to be used on Pentagon networks so that the company can compete with BlackBerry (BBRY) for orders from the Department of Defense and other highly security conscious customers.

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  • Kasteel Research
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    Finally, no more credibility for Knox.


    Great news for BES10.
    24 Dec 2013, 05:23 AM Reply Like
  • caligrowthresearch
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    Go $BBRY! Only secure plattform on the market!
    24 Dec 2013, 05:31 AM Reply Like
  • mvermaak
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    Knox ,sounds like a safe place to keep your gold?
    24 Dec 2013, 05:48 AM Reply Like
  • LYogi
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    Comments (3107) | Send Message
    The world is BlackBerry's to conquer.
    24 Dec 2013, 06:36 AM Reply Like
  • ATInsider
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    This has been well known for some time now that Knox is a vulnerability nightmare. Hackers are probably salivating for a Knox/government approval lol.
    BES10 and BB10 are kings of security.
    24 Dec 2013, 07:08 AM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Everything Android related is a vulnerability nightmare. :-P
    24 Dec 2013, 07:17 AM Reply Like
    , contributor
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    Free publicity for BES10 and the BB10 platform. Android and security don't mix well at all. Its ludicrous to even think governments and enterprise would use Android.
    24 Dec 2013, 07:24 AM Reply Like
  • asianzone
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    Not sure if ant serious enterprise who is concerned about security will used Knox? If they allow BYOD or CYOD, a better bet would be to use Bes 10
    24 Dec 2013, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • whiff
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    Android flys its true colors ...
    24 Dec 2013, 08:09 AM Reply Like
  • David Jackson
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    "However, Samsung said an initial investigation found that the problem isn't as serious as the Israeli researchers make out."


    They would say that wouldn't they >> fox guarding the hen house?
    24 Dec 2013, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • Arduino_RaspberryPi
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    You can't Gerry Rig end to end security on an Android platform. You need to build security from the ground up. From the CPU to every layer above, network, application etc.


    The BB10 operating system with the QNX microkernel has done this.


    Hopefully John Chen will unleash this company and its remarkable capabilities are revealed to all.
    24 Dec 2013, 08:41 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Or even Jerry rig, but you are right; a slap on software patch is always going to be second best, compared to a properly executed embedded system, so there's really no reason to go there, if security is the main issue.


    [Sorry about the truncation; out of my control, I'm afraid]
    26 Dec 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • anonymous39
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    If you're going to correct someone, you should know that the expression is jury-rigged.
    26 Dec 2013, 10:50 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    "jury-rigged" may be how it started, but it's not the only option.
    27 Dec 2013, 09:07 AM Reply Like
  • kalidor77
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    Even bb10 is worth a second look 1as it has really matured beyond belief. I own a Z30 on 10.2 and I am truly impressed by the immense capabilities of the device but when we factor in the fool proof security, it makes it the best there is in my opinion. Go BlackBerry !!
    24 Dec 2013, 09:01 AM Reply Like
  • Cliff Hilton
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    Comments (2676) | Send Message
    Security doesn't sell, it doesn't come in 10 different colors.
    24 Dec 2013, 09:11 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    The Pentagon cares about this, Cliff? OK, it's a smaller market (but not "small"), but if BBRY pitches it right, there's really no reason for those who are security conscious, to go elsewhere!
    26 Dec 2013, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • Chaffey
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    Comments (1033) | Send Message
    Veritas has upgraded BB from sell to buy. In Canadian TSX BB is well over 8$ right now. Vertas has put it's target price at 10$. That is all good news for longs.
    24 Dec 2013, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • contrarianwise
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    you bet it is---$10---after a 4B write down means with good news it is there!---You have to figure those that put the new 1Billion loan in figured it was worth $10 at the time.
    24 Dec 2013, 11:02 AM Reply Like
  • BugleBoy
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    Where are yesterday's bears who claimed that Knox was equal to BlackBerry? I hear the sound of silence this morning.
    Go BlackBerry!
    24 Dec 2013, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • contrarianwise
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    Comments (1305) | Send Message
    the cream eventually rises to the top---in spite of the propaganda--over time it does
    24 Dec 2013, 10:30 AM Reply Like
  • contrarianwise
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    I'll bet a person could bank on the Israeli results too
    24 Dec 2013, 10:49 AM Reply Like
  • gchaput
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    Android and iOs are for toys. Business and confidential materials (texts, email, files, documents, data) should only be sent on BBRY.
    24 Dec 2013, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • kevinconway
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    Israel has one of the best security opps on the planet...and people will pay a very big premium for security because the alternative is not worth taking any risk, no matter how small. BBRY 7.71....all the stocks I bought on Dec 10 are up...but this gain in two weeks is just great...momentum is in place....could be $20 in 12 months if all goes well.
    24 Dec 2013, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • 4ronk
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    BlackBerry needs to get their "best security" message out in force. Are you listening John Chen?
    25 Dec 2013, 01:55 AM Reply Like
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