Samsung’s Tizen OS Hosts Over 40 Exploitable Weaknesses In Its Security

Posted: Apr 7 2017, 11:27am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Samsung’s Tizen OS hosts over 40 exploitable weaknesses in its security

Samsung has been betting high on its software assets lately, including the Tizen OS along with Bixby, the AI assistant. Shockingly, Samsung may not be paying proper attention to the security of Tizen OS as a report just illustrated 40 security breaches possible in the operating system. The news is very disappointing as Tizen OS isn’t just another low-budget project for Samsung.

Tizen OS powers Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung Smart wearables, smartphones, and soon will be able to power infotainment systems in various automobiles. Amihai Neiderman revealed 40 “zero day” vulnerabilities that Tizen OS currently possesses, all of them will allow the malicious user to remote-access the hardware powered by Tizen OS.

The term “zer0 day” means that the vulnerabilities have just been discovered and there is no way that the concerned authorities could have patched some security in the system. In other terms, right now, any hardware powered by Tizen OS is vulnerable to these 40 exploits. One most comprehendible weakness is the weak security of Tizen’s store. Unfortunately, the Tizen store has root-level clearance as the administrator of device but its security is weka.

Hacking the store on Tizen will provide irresistible access to the hardware. Also, bugs in Tizen’s communication system accidently make it possible for Tizen OS to send critical information through unprotected ports (for example, 8080 http port) where the information is transferred without being encrypted, thus breaking the key principle of SSL security system. If a hacker grabbed data packets from your Tizen OS hardware for long intervals, there is a high chance that he will get the hold of your personal information (email, ID, credit card information) in unencrypted packets.

According to the brilliant hacker Amihai, he had only received automated replies to his warning emails to Samsung. Although Samsung is now willing to deploy Amihai’s skills and knowledge to fortify Tizen OS’s security, only after this news stirred some action among the public.

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