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600M Samsung Smartphones Vulnerable To Hacking
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eitanc
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eitanc,
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7/12/2015 | 4:59:33 AM
A simple workaround
This issue can be solved using a simple workaround if the device is rooted - see here:
fudie.net/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-samsung-keyboard-vulnerability-in-android-devices/
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/30/2015 | 10:44:03 AM
Re: so why haven't the carrier's fixed this?
Kstaron, I tend to agree with larrys sentiments here. Alternatives exist its not like u r tied with just the swiftkey keyboard.u can always select another one from the app store. Also skycure has come out with real protection for this vulnerability(see in google app store). U can always download that app as well.
Kevin Runners
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Kevin Runners,
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6/25/2015 | 8:43:13 AM
Re: Only Samsung?
It's not only about Samsung. All Android devices with Swiftkey installed can be vulnerable.
larryloeb
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6/24/2015 | 10:42:10 AM
Re: so why haven't the carrier's fixed this?
Why should they? They have no direct interest in doing user support for Samsung's problems. It's a pain and sets a precedent others can point to.

Maybe they want to charge Samsung somehow for doing it
kstaron
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kstaron,
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6/24/2015 | 10:38:20 AM
so why haven't the carrier's fixed this?
I'm most concerned right now with the fact that three major carriers haven't carried out the update to fix this yet. If i can't do it as a user, the carrier should be doing this fix post haste unless of course they want to have some liability in any issues this causes for users. Is there some huge obstacle preventing the carriers to do the fix?
larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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6/22/2015 | 1:23:59 PM
Re: Only Samsung?
Samsung used Swiftkey with elevated system access; even though they are claiming their KNOX scheme will prevent such things on newer phones.

I could see he same thing happening on other Android phones.
Dr.T
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6/22/2015 | 1:10:35 PM
Re: Small surface area
I agrees. This is like Chrome pushing updates regardless of user preferences. That made Chrome more secure comparing to other browsers and reached to the most market share. 
Dr.T
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6/22/2015 | 1:07:47 PM
Re: Small surface area
I agree. System level access should never be given to third parties regardless of what their intention could be.
Dr.T
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6/22/2015 | 1:05:55 PM
Re: Small surface area
That is partially good news for Samsung but anytime there is news around security it is perceived as bad regardless how server it is. 
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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6/22/2015 | 1:02:34 PM
Only Samsung?
 

I am surprised this SwiftKey vulnerability is only about Samsung. If it requires patched on the carrier layer, it must be the case for other carriers in my view.
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