Samsung Galaxy S4 Vulnerable to Malware

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.

EUTo us, Knox symbolizes state-of-the-art in terms of secure mobile architectures and I was surprised to find that such a big EUholeEU 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...

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