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Thomas Claburn
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6/29/2015 | 6:52:30 PM
Why?
What would Samsung gain by blocking updates?
Gary_EL
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6/29/2015 | 7:26:04 PM
Re: Why?
I read earlier, on this same website, that the reason was that Microsoft Update would automatically update a driver for Samsung's USB 3.0 port. The peculiarities of that port were incompatible with with the Microsoft driver. I wonder how they got around that issue?
Ashu001
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6/30/2015 | 9:35:13 AM
Re: Why?
Gary,

I don't think this was the only reason why Samsung blocked Windows Updates.

They did because(atleast initially);they wanted to give Consumers more Control over when they can update their Systems-www.bbc.com/news/technology-33269868

To me (personally) it just feels like a case of one Company trying to gain an ego-boost over the other.

I think it was really-really foolish on Samsung's part to think that they can give Consumers control over such a critical issue(especially at a time when Zero-Day Vulnerabilities are getting targetted like theirs no tommorow;Check out the latest Adobe Flash Player zero-day bug hackers for starters).

But then,I am a security Guy and look at everything from that Angle only.

What do Marketers and Company Execs feel about this issue?

I daresay the feeling might be a little more different.

 

 

 

 
Ashu001
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6/30/2015 | 9:41:56 AM
Re: Why?
Thomas,

The Answer is basically that Samsung was too busy trying to protect and Holdonto their Bloatware which just makes PCs go slower and is basically still incompatible with Windows 8.1

More from Graham Cluley-grahamcluley.com/2015/06/samsung-disabled-windows-update

Really,really foolish move on Samsung's part ;especially when one realizes that Zero-day bugs are happily tracked and hunted in the Wild on the Internet today.Any move to REDUCE basic Software protection is really,really dumb.

Regards

Ashish.

 
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 9:55:10 AM
Re: Why?
I wonder why Samsung would take such a decision and how Microsoft would react to it. 
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 9:56:23 AM
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@Thomas – There wouldn't be a reason unless Microsoft tried to block Samsung software. 
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 9:57:37 AM
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@Gary – Microsoft would definitely have a set of drivers along with their Windows 10, but they should have partnered with Samsung to get drivers for their products. 
shakeeb
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6/30/2015 | 9:59:32 AM
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@Ashu – I agree. How foolish are they to take such a step, after all the back end would be the Windows OS. Hence Microsoft has a better say on it. 
Ashu001
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6/30/2015 | 10:05:16 AM
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shakeeb,

Fair enough statement you make here.

Actually Microsoft usually does a reasonably good job of partnering with various Hardware OEMs on this issue.

But sometimes the Hardware OEMs are unable to keep up with the pace of change of Microsoft(which is clearly what happened here as well).

This is why I was very clear in Blaming Samsung for what happened.

They let the Ball slip away bigtime here!

 
Ashu001
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6/30/2015 | 10:12:45 AM
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Shakeeb,

Good to know that there are more Sensible folks like you out there who appreciate the work Microsoft has done and is doing in this space.

Have you had the oppurtunity to play with/work with Microsoft's Threat Modelling Tool?

Highly,Highly Recommended-www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=42518

In contrast Samsung has pathetic credentials when it comes to Security.


Why do you think their own Homegrown OS(in the smartphone space) is failing/ faringso miserably versus Android?


Samsung patches and upgrades Android OSes atleast 3-4 months AFTER Google releases them.

Just for fun's sake,I bought two phones with basically the same Hardware and Software(one from Samsung and the other was Stock Android);you will be stunned to notice how pathetically sluggish Samsung is when it comes to upgrading their OS!!!

The Skycure revelation about MITM Attacks on Samsung Default Keyboards is another case in point today-www.skycure.com/blog/skycure-protects-against-the-samsung-swiftkey-vulnerability/
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