Samsung butts heads with researchers over “serious threat” in Knox security software

What draws you to a Samsung phone? Performance? Design? Maybe you’re even a big TouchWiz fan. But one thing that many consumers is Samsung’s Knox security software – and why wouldn’t they? After all, Knox is focused on enterprise deployment. So, while it may not be a big deal to you, it’s definitely something Samsung would like to see getting a lot of attention, and hopefully helping it to secure business/government deals. Unfortunately, there may be a great big vulnerability in how Know works – or maybe not, depending on whom you’re asking.

You see, some researchers out of Israel are claiming that Knox can be hacked to intercept communications and even clandestinely insert data. We haven’t seen the specific details behind how the attack works, but Samsung reports that it’s looked into the findings and doesn’t see what the big deal is, with a spokesman saying, “the threat appears to be equivalent to some well-known attacks.” He added, “rest assured, the core Knox architecture cannot be compromised or infiltrated by such malware.”

We’re not in the best position here to evaluate the truth of Samsung’s response, but the more important outcome may be what effect this has on PR; Samsung’s still trying to convince groups that Knox is a viable alternative to classic enterprise solutions like those offered by BlackBerry, and it can ill afford bad press when it’s yet to really prove Knox’s worth.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Via: BGR

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