Samsung's Tizen OS has a lot of security issues2017-04-05 13:00 by Daniela
Tags: Samsung, Tizen, security
Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman has found about 40 security flaws in Tizen - the operating system that powers many Samsung smart TVs, smart watches and smartphones. It turned out that Tizen can easily be hacked into remotely.
The Linux-based mobile OS is similar to Android. It runs on Samsung Gear smartwatches, Samsung Gear Fit fitness bands, some Samsung smart cameras, low-end Samsung smartphones sold in India and other countries, and on every Samsung smart TV made since 2015.
"It may be the worst code I've ever seen", said Neiderman. "Everything you can do wrong there, they do it. You can see that nobody with any understanding of security looked at this code or wrote it. It's like taking an undergraduate and letting him program your software."
"If Amihai Neiderman's findings are accurate, it is alarming that Samsung is shipping smart TVs, smartwatches and mobile phones with many serious security flaws," said Michael Patterson, CEO of networking-security software maker Plixer International. "Given that Tizen is currently running on 30 million devices (smart TVs and smartwatches) and that Samsung plans to have 10 million Tizen phones this year, the potential for these devices to become members of the next big botnet is very real."
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