Smartphones millions of users potentially vulnerable by leaky keyboard Samsung




Possible 600 million Samsung smartphones are susceptible to a security vulnerability in the standard keyboard of the supplied software. Users of the current flagship, the Galaxy S6 at risk.

An error in updating the keyboard software include the Galaxy S4, S5 and S6 can perform various malicious actions. Thanks to a man-in-the-middle attack, they may include the camera, microphone and operate the GPS sensor remotely. In addition, they may install malicious apps without the user knowing it.

And that’s not all, warns the Canadian security firm NowSecure Tuesday after its own investigation. So criminals can effect the operation of the apps on the phone, listen in on conversations and messages and sensitive information such as images and text messages get.

The comprehensive security issue affects possible 600 million smartphones. NowSecure said late last year Samsung already having informed. The American security authority US- CERT and Google’s Android security team have been informed “given the scale of the problem,” said the firm.

Samsung earlier this year began rolling out a patch, but NowSecure believes that not all providers already have the patch available on its network. This is necessary for the owners of a Samsung device to be secured because the keyboard can not be turned off and can not be removed easily.

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