Samsung Galaxy handsets with KNOX now secure enough to carry classified information

Samsung Galaxy handsets with KNOX now secure enough to carry classified information
A number of Samsung Galaxy devices that support the KNOX secure container platform, have now been approved for use by the U.S. Government to carry classified documents. The approved models are the first NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership) approved consumer handsets ever authorized to do so. Earlier this year, Samsung's mobile devices were placed on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Approved Products List for Sensitive But Unclassified use. With today's news, Samsung becomes the only manufacturer with products on both lists.

The approved devices include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Samsung Galaxy IPSEC Virtual Private Network (VPN) Client. These devices have been approved for use with U.S. Government classified networks and data and have been added to the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Program Component List.

The Samsung KNOX platform is a container system that features a number of secure enterprise-related apps including a browser, contacts, email and enterprise-related apps. At the end of the day, KNOX is turned off and the regular UI returns.


source: Samsung via PCWorld

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21 Comments

1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Here we go!!! Another win for sammy!!!

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1592; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yes it is :)

2. torr310

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So no unlocked bootloader and custom ROMs for us!

6. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

For few loud android freaks , like you, there will be always Google Play Edition version phones. But NOBODY ELSE buys them. We can see that , what you do, is only bashing Samsung.

7. torr310

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I don't know where your point stands, maybe just a Samsung fanboy? I know there is GPE version, but why nobody buys the GPE version? Because it's not subsidized. It's not like people don't want it. If it is ever offered by those wireless companies with subsidy, there will be many people buying them. Being able to customize should be the initial concept of Android.

9. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

BS Should we count how many NON-subsidized Galaxy phones are sold in the World???? LOL The whole World is not only USA. Most of the ppl outside US buy off-contract because IS CHEAPPER ! Yes, - only ppl that can not make simple math , think that smth is "subsidized", By the way , go to the next article . There is Developer Edition waiting for you.. P.S. If you don't like Samsung , why you wrote : "So no unlocked bootloader and custom ROMs for us!" ???????

11. torr310

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's just opinions from different point of views and I can't say who is right and who is wrong. I accept this fact and not going to argue with that. I like Samsung and that's why my two last phones are Note 2 and S5. My complaint due to I don't find lots developments at XDA for the S5. All because of the locked bootloader - Developer unfriendly.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically locked bootloader + KNOX turns a Samsung phone into an iPhone. And Samsung wonders why so many people just buy a real iPhone.

13. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iBS Note 4 has nothing to do with "a real iPhone." Not only MUCH MORE functional....It's even more customizable than jailbreak-real iPhone.. And ppl that would flash ROM on Note(to make it handicap) are not much at all

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sorry, a locked down Note 4 is basically just an iPhone with a pen. Sure, it does some pen stuff, but almost all customer choice has been removed. Just like an iPhone. There are a lot of good things that people want to do that require root. Samsung should make this easily available to all customers without voiding warranties.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You do realize that without root and a locked bootloader, Android is waaaaaaaaay more customizable than iOS, the iPhone. Yes there are many great things that require root, but lets not act like without root and unlocked bootloaders Android is iOS.

14. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

15. TA700

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Although my Note 4's bootloader is unlocked, rooting the device will trip KNOX, voiding warranty. Going from Android 4.1 to 4.4 does somewhat make me feel like it's going the direction of iOS. Just hope Android L does not make it worse. If it isn't for the wacom pen for the Note series, I'll probably just get a China phone, maybe iphone too. Most likely I'll root the device after warranty, the permissions so many apps ask for is obnoxious and totally irrelevant to it's function.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

huawei is excellent in permission management bcoz emotion UI has permission manager and can literly restrict an application from all permissions

20. DarylHall

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Who the hell cares. Knox is so much more game changing than Xposed modules. And if you don't need NSA tools you are free to pop the efuse and tinker away your youth.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

good enough for commercially "classified" stuff

5. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

i really dont see where in the article it say "commercially"?????????????? here it says "....approved for use by the U.S. Government to carry classified documents.

4. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

This means no more leaks :(

10. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This is something that any device maker that truly wants to take advantage of BlackBerry's slide needs to do. If Governments would trust Samsung KNOX phones, then top corporations and industries sure can as well. Throw in the "Samsung" name and their ability to produce large amounts of devices in a blink of an eye, and you may have the last breathe of BB if the artist formerly known as RIM doesn't satisfy their last set of core users.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Making one developer edition and then making it only for Verizon is nonsense. Samsung should make a "KNOX edition" for Verizon and ATT for all the people in the government who want to have their stuff in a "container". Once that is done, Samsung can then make all the normal phones without KNOX, without a locked bootloader (or make it easily unlockable like HTC, Sony and soon LG do), and with easy root (via something like developer settings). Samsung has to get back to being developer and user friendly and enabling "the beauty of Android" on their Android phones/tablets. As it is now, making so many of their phones all locked down, Samsung has has their head up their ass. The locked down Note 4 is basically just a higher spec iPhone with a pen.

21. DarylHall

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

The entire point of Knox is to democratize security. If they made a Knox version it would be the same old sequestering of technology that we've always had. Knox is one of the most game changing technologies available right now. When was the lags time NSA grade technology was dropped out of the sky into the hands of average users? Samsung actually soured their relationship with Google to do the right thing here and they are getting lots of negative media for it too. Knox is way more powerful than anything you can do with ROM hacking and modern galaxies already are capable of everything you used to have to root and mod for.

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