Samsung has responded to the data breach report saying soon it’s going to release a patch for SwiftKey loophole. Earlier this week a security firm Now Secure reported that over 600 Million Samsung Galaxy devices are at the risk of data breach due to vulnerability in “SwiftKey Keyboard” that comes pre-installed in most Samsung devices.
NowSecure stated in an article that a representative of the firm, Ryan Weldon reported the problem to Samsung back in December when he discovered the bug. And considering the magnitude of breach Samsung did release a patch in January 2015.
However, Samsung has a different take on the issue as it denies the deadly nature of the loophole.
“This vulnerability, as noted by the researchers, requires a very specific set of conditions for a hacker to be able to exploit a device this way. This includes the user and the hacker physically being on the same unprotected network while downloading a language update.
Also, on a KNOX-protected device there are additional capabilities in place such as real-time kernel protection to prevent a malicious attack from being effective.”
Samsung will be rolling out the security update in coming few days. And if you are a Samsung Galaxy user certain measures are needed in order to receive the automatic update.
“The security policy update will be pushed to the user. The user must agree to receive the security policy update. To ensure your device receives the latest security updates, go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security > Other Security Settings > Security policy updates, and make sure the Automatic Updates option is activated. At the same screen, the user may also click Check for updates to manually retrieve any new security policy updates. ”