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Samsung, SwiftKey respond to major Android security flaw

by Todd Haselton | June 17, 2015June 17, 2015 7:00 pm PST

Samsung came under fire on Tuesday when a report suggested that there are major vulnerabilities in the SwiftKey keyboard software it ships with its Android smartphones. The bug has apparently been present for a long time, but Samsung hasn’t ever fixed it. Now the company has an official response, and promises that it’s working on a solution.

“Samsung takes emerging security threats very seriously,” the company said Wednesday. “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 the potential risks going forward.”

SwiftKey also offered an explanation on its website and reiterated that the flaw is not present in its Android and iOS applications that are available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play. “We are doing everything we can to support our long-time partner Samsung in their efforts to resolve this important security issue,” SwiftKey said, noting that the flaw isn’t very easy to execute.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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