In a scramble to pick up that corporate market share, Samsung created Knox, its own security software designed to fortify Google’s OS, and make it secure for business environments. However, a “serious vulnerability” has been found in Knox which could put users’ data at risk.
According to cyber security researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, emails and data communications on Samsung devices are among the data susceptible to the exploit. Hackers are able to record and “easily interpret” the data which is supposed to be protected. The worst part of the vulnerability is that a capable malicious attacker could insert hostile code via the breach, thus creating system-wide harm.
The chink in Knox’s digital armor was reportedly found earlier this month. Samsung has denied the severity of the vulnerability and has argued that the handset which was tested did not have all of Knox’s features installed.