Samsung Tizen OS Hackers may quickly Enter – Flaws in the OS
Samsung runs its own Operating System Tizen os in many of its devices. Starting from Samsung televisions, wearables to a few of its mobile phones use Tizen. Now, Tizen has been declared awfully insecure.
Hackers can enter Tizen os with no significant effort – Flaw in the Tizen Os
Nokia and Intel joined hands together to make the new Operating System. Later in 2013, Samsung jumped into the tie and made its effort sincere to bring out the new operating system. Like Android, Tizen is also built on a Linux kernel, and the app development on Tizen uses C++ and HTML 5. So many years of hard work that Tizen was almost considered to grow as a competitor of Android in a few years and this is when the Operating System has slipped badly regarding the security of data.
Security researchers in Israel discovered flaws in the security phase of the Operating System. AmihaiNeiderman, the security researcher while talking to Motherboard, bashed the Operating system for its poor code. He said that he has never seen a code as bad as that of Tizen’s. He added, “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.”
There were about 40 vulnerabilities found with no effort at all, and that’s what disturbs the security researchers and the general public most. There is no answer to the question how bad this can be. Anybody anywhere on earth can get control of your device just if he knows the vulnerability and has the minimum skill at hacking.
In a competitive environment with security as high priority, an operating system with as many flaws as this is a threaten to anyone. On a rough counting, even though Tizen has a very small market compared to Android, there are at least 30 million Samsung televisions. The count of the wearables, mobile phones with Tizen would exceed anything and not forget, anybody can replace the available Tizen code with a malicious code of their choice which would eventually make more mess.
Nikos Chrysaidos, Head of Avast mobile threat intelligence and security told Express.co.uk, “Cybercriminals like to address a large audience, so attacking a relatively new but market-leading operating system obviously has the potential to deliver the biggest return. It can be an especially lucrative endeavor as today’s mobile platforms make it almost impossible to detect cybercriminals once they’ve broken in. This gives them plenty of time to continually extract what they need, and spread more malicious code without intervention.”
The Israeli researcher has spoken the same with Samsung and Samsung didn’t even know whether they will be able to rectify whatever has happened. As of the records, Samsung’s Tizen in incorporated in more than 50 million devices. They also had plans to release 10 million mobiles with Tizen this year. Thanks to Neiderman, this was at least found out before the next mass release.
Neiderman says that the flaws he found are in the category of zero-day exploits which means that there are no immediate fixes for these and are very much inviting for the hackers to do anything.
Samsung replied to the issue on Mashable saying, “Samsung Electronics takes security and privacy very seriously. We regularly check our systems and if at any time there is a credible potential vulnerability, we act promptly to investigate and resolve the issue. We continually provide software updates to consumers to safeguard their products. We are fully committed to cooperating with Mr. Neiderman to mitigate any potential vulnerabilities.”
Either way, there is going to be no more Tizen releases anymore for now.