40 vulnerabilities found in Samsung's Tizen OS

Ivan, 05 April 2017

It turns out that Samsung's Tizen OS, the system it uses on its smart TVs, smartwatches, smartphones and plans to use as in-car infotainment, is highly vulnerable to hacking.

According to a report by researcher Amihai Neiderman Tizen OS has no less than 40 major zero-day vulnerabilities that will give hackers remote access to Tizen hardware.

One of the major weak points is the Tizen store from which people download apps to their Tizen devices. It's easily hackable and has the highest level of clearance on Tizen-powered hardware. Hack the store and you can deliver malicious code to the entire OS.

Tizen's code sometimes fails to use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to send encrypted data over the air, essentially sending it unprotected.

A recent report by WikiLeaks unearthed that Tizen Smart TVs could be hacked to monitor people. An ill-meaning person only needed to have access to the TV to install a hack through its USB port.

Amihai Neiderman says he has contacted Samsung about Tizen's vulnerabilities and gotten only automated responses in return. Now that the information is making the rounds on the internet Samsung has said it is committed to cooperate with Neiderman to resolve the issues in its OS.

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Reader comments

  • rebel
  • 09 Apr 2017
  • PxW

I'm a samsung user from 4 years and I'm happy but to be frank no other can build a operating system like "APPLE" with those securities so my dear samsung stop and continue with android you can't I'm also suffering after buying a tizen based phone ...

  • Anonymous
  • 06 Apr 2017
  • Snv

Only 40? Well done, Sammy. In Android Google fixes much more vulnerabilities every month. And most Android devices never get those fixes, so...

  • Przemek
  • 06 Apr 2017
  • Iae

Whats the siffrence? Android has same enough security holes, And the vendors are so slow at patching, i dont see any difrence at the moment

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