It looks like there could be a major security flaw with over 600 million Samsung smartphones, the news of the flaw comes from Ryan Welton of mobile security specialists NowSecure.
According to the report over 600 million devices could be vulnerable to the flaw and this includes the new Samsung Galaxy S6 handsets.
Samsung were notified about the issue by NowSecure back in December of 2014, the company has also informed the Google Android security team about the issue.
Over 600 million Samsung mobile device users have been affected by a significant security risk on leading Samsung models, including the recently released Galaxy S6. The risk comes from a pre-installed keyboard that allows an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged (system) user.
NowSecure said that Samsung provided a patch to the mobile carriers earlier this year, although according to the company it is not clear how many carriers have actually patched the handsets to get rid of the flaw.
You can find out more information about this potential security flaw on Samsung’s smartphones at the link below. There is also a list of devices which are affected by the issue and you can check to see if you device is on the list at the link below.
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Updated 18th June 2015, 07:18 BST
Samsung has now released a statement relating to the security flaw on its smartphones, you can see the statement below and also find out more details here.
Samsung takes emerging security threats very seriously. We are aware of the recent issue reported by several media outlets and are committed to providing the latest in mobile security. Samsung Knox has the capability to update the security policy of the phones, over-the-air, to invalidate any potential vulnerabilities caused by this issue. The security policy updates will begin rolling out in a few days. In addition to the security policy update, we are also working with SwiftKey to address potential risks going forward.
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