Samsung has confirmed that no hacks have been reported after it had been announced that over 600 million Galaxy handsets had a problematic SwiftKey. The security issue comes from the Samsung’s version of SwiftKey that comes standard with Galaxy S5, S6 and other Galaxy handsets. Potential malware can access the handset’s details as the SwiftKey updates itself. Galaxy handsets that are vulnerable to the SwiftKey threat can now fix the issue. The owners of those handsets are required to activate a security feature in the handsets settings to get rid of the risk. According to Samsung, the likelihood of making a successful attack on the Galaxy handsets is very low though it can happen. The security flaws had been revealed by Ryan Welton, NowSecure’s researcher, after he discovered that he could hack into the Galaxy handsets pre-loaded with SwiftKey while the device is updating or downloading language packages. The security updates will be pushed to users. When the fix is availed, Galaxy owners will be prompted to agree to the update. Galaxy handsets without the Samsung Knox system will have their issue addressed by a later update. The update will be for the Galaxy Note 4.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool