Samsung Knox found to have a "serious vulnerability"

Samsung Knox found to have a
With the fall of BlackBerry, companies are scrambling to pick up the enterprise market share that is up for grabs. Samsung desperately wants to make a dent in that space, but a new "serious vulnerability" found in Samsung's Knox security software could make that quite a bit more difficult. Cybersecurity researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found the security flaw.

The vulnerability reportedly will allow malicious attackers to track emails and record data communications. The researchers say that the worst case scenario for the flaw is that it would allow a malicious attacker to "easily intercept" secure data, modify data, and even insert hostile code which could put a secure network at risk. The vulnerability was found earlier this month, and Samsung says that it has investigated, but claims that the flaw isn't as serious as the researchers make it out to be. Samsung says that the testing was done on a device without the full corporate client software package installed.

The news of this flaw comes at a bad time for Samsung, as the U.S. Department of Defense has just purchased about 500 Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones to test. If the devices are deemed to be secure, they would be used in the Pentagon. Of course, a government spokesman was clear to say that no devices would be used if they weren't found to be secure.

source: WSJ

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32 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

As a Note 3 owner, I don't give a crap about knox. AVG is my choice of antivirus.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

You... You realize that Knox isn't antivirus, and that AVG is not even remotely similar a product, right?

9. MobileNico

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Thank you.

8. MobileNico

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

um...wat

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

When I got my Note 3 I didn't really cared or looked what Knox is. I've always thought it's overall security program. I don't use it as company phone so I've just thought it only protects my stuff from malware. Thanks for correction. What dumbass am I.

18. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

It has nothing to do with your personal phone you should have no interest in it because you will never be specifically targeted for a malicious attack. You probably don't work at a high security risk job if you did you would have some clue to what the article even refers too

22. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

you are!

19. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

lol... The fail is strong with this one.

21. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

you are a jerk ^^ haha...

28. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Are you one of those intelligent, technology oriented Android users I hear so much about?

2. Dowson unregistered

Sammy bad at sw?! Is that a news?

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Hmmm is that a 'mistake' or samsung just left it?

4. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Typical samsung. First they release extremely buggy software updates and now buggy security software. I wonder how much samsung paid to get the galaxy s4 approved by the pentagon. Heck! They couldn't release a decent bug free software update for my galaxy s3!

6. utard

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

and here we have a typical retard on phonearena

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And why's that? Because he's telling the world his experiences with his GS3?

14. wilsong17 unregistered

IM SORRY you full bs i had 3 gs 3 update all from different company with no problem

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

bs for you, but not for me or hundreds of calls i handle weekly with the bad updates.

25. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

He's telling the truth. Samsung put the GS2 owners through hell with their bad batteries that don't last a charge and swell up and bad software updates riddled with bugs that lag you to death and kill your battery even further.

26. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Not only the GS2 owners then, my sister has an GS3 which by the time gets laggier and slower and is atrocious to use, a friend has one which is even laggier, the phone even freezes for about a second when opening apps, the worst i have seen was also from a careless owner which had the device filled with apps 100-200 apps and it took 10 seconds to go to the homescreen after pressing the home button, and it was severely bugged.

27. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Good to know that am not the only one suffering with my GS3. Thanks for responding BTW :-)

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Of course, a government spokesman was clear to say that no devices would be used if they weren't found to be secure." If that's the case go back to paper and pencil. Oh wait, that's even less secure.

20. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Or, ya know... Blackberry on BES

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Samsung says that it has investigated, but claims that the flaw isn't as serious as the researchers make it out to be." please, we all know what people say when they try to cover up their a$$

13. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Samsung trying to step into Blackberry's turf, BB is the king on this arena.

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Lol that's a good one son, no go and google "NSA Blackberry".

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hmm I just got a Note 3 on TMo myself, and I disabled all the horrible Samsung apps and put the Google ones back in their place. Knox was one of the ones I disabled so no big deal here.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I remove knox completely from my note 2 4.3 official update. Requires root access. Hope they put knox as an optional download in the future. Most users are consumer we don't need cooperate security to limits us.

23. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

I have a Note3 AT&T's ver. and I cannot disable knox but it shows on my installed applications but not in my list of apps, does anyone know an easy way to remove knox from an At&t note3? I checked around and it says to open knox and remove from there but I can't. Its driving me nuts with it continuously force closing apps and it wont tell me which one it closed.

24. Blazers

Posts: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You can't delete....only freeze/disable Knox on the AT&T Note 3, due to the locked bootloader. You must be rooted of course.

30. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

That sucks, thanx Blazers

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