Samsung Denies Allegation That KNOX-equipped Smartphones are Not Secure
Samsung has denied the allegation that its KNOX security system is compromised by specific vulnerability. KNOX is an Android-based platform that’s designed to improve security and it is approved for use in various organizations. NSA has approved it under the Commercial Solutions for Classified Program. It means that KNOX-equipped devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 and Note 10.1 (2014) are usable by NSA employees to protect their classified information. JK Shin, the high ranking executive in Samsung, has stated that these Samsung devices offer unmatched security platform.
Samsung KNOX works by establishing separate partition on Android devices to segregate business and personal data. Also known as containers, these partitions come with built-in encryption that can keep apps from accessing classified data.
An unnamed researcher recently claimed that the KNOX system can be hacked rather easily, something that Samsung needs to refute immediately. Users choose PIN for their KNOX apps in clear text as the researcher stated. To be specific, the PIN is stored inside pin.xml file inside the ContainerApp and hackers can easily access the unencrypted PIN. Samsung said that this claim has been proven to be inaccurate and the KNOX system is an entirely secure platform.