Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Samsung Galaxy S4 Vulnerable to Malware
Samsung Galaxy S4 Vulnerable to Malware

By Adam Dickter
December 26, 2013 12:57PM

    Bookmark and Share
A Ph.D student in Israel says adding an innocuous app to the non-secure area of Samsung's Knox architecture can lead to malware compromising the secure area due to the security breach. Samsung's Knox is a state-of-the-art, secure mobile architecture, so the student was surprised to find that such a big "hole" exists and was left untouched.
 



Adding apps to Samsung's Knox architecture for its Galaxy S4 might create a vulnerability that could allow e-mails, data transfers and browser histories to be accessed by third parties, says a research team at a prominent Israeli scientific university.

The supposed flaw could even allow hackers to manipulate data believed to be secure, a potential setback to the global smartphone king's efforts to have its Android-based devices adopted by employees of the U.S. Department of Defense, which has given preliminary approval for them.

Was Software Up To Date?

Samsung did not respond to our request for comment in time for publication but told The Wall Street Journal for its report on the flaw Monday that it is investigating the matter.

Samsung "takes all security vulnerability claims very seriously" a spokesman told the paper, while stressing that a preliminary investigation showed that "the threat appears to be equivalent to some well-known attacks."

The team at Ben Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev appears to have conducted the test on a device that was not running the complete software that would have been used by corporate clients, Samsung said.

"Rest assured, the core Knox architecture cannot be compromised or infiltrated by such malware," the spokesman said.

Discussing the finding on BGU's Web site, the researchers said a Ph.D. student, Mordechai Guri, stumbled onto the vulnerability during an unrelated project he is working on with a research team at the cyber security labs of the Homeland Security Institute at the campus, located in Beer-Sheva.

“To us, Knox symbolizes state-of-the-art in terms of secure mobile architectures and I was surprised to find that such a big ’hole‘ exists and was left untouched," Guri said in a statement.

"The Knox has been widely adopted by many organizations and government agencies and this weakness has to be addressed immediately before it falls into the wrong hands," he added.

Full details were provided to the South Korea-based electronics giant, BGU said.

Knox, whose name is meant to invoke the heavily fortified Kentucky Army base that contains much of the U.S. gold reserve, consists of a secure "container" within the regular phone environment with better security protection. BGU claims that adding a seemingly innocuous app to the non-secure area can lead to malware compromising the secure area due to the security breach.

Cause For Concern

"Users should be concerned about this apparant security flaw," said technology analyst Jeff Kagan. "However it is important for every user to understand that security flaws show up all the time in [devices] by various manufacturers."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Apple Smart Watch Patent Surfaces
2.   iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
3.   GoTenna: Work-Thru for Dead Zones
4.   Nokia X Phones Had Identity Crisis
5.   Microsoft Axes Android Phones


advertisement
Android SMS Worm on the Loose
Malware lets bad actors cash in.
Average Rating:
iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
Most likely, it will be a huge hit.
Average Rating:
Nokia X Phones Had Identity Crisis
'Gateway' devices didn't resonate.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.