He added that it's surprising that "Everything you can do wrong there, they do it". These include Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch; they also include the company's lineup of smart TVs, which recently came into focus after a WikiLeaks leak of CIA's hacking tools unearthed an exploit that enables the agency to eavesdrop on someone through a Samsung smart TV.
While Samsung's Tizen OS has not turned out be that good for phones, the company claimed that it has worked quite well on televisions and smartwatches.
Noted as a sometime competitor to Android, the OS in questions has been described by Neiderman as "the worst code I've ever seen".
"If Amihai Neiderman's findings are accurate, it is alarming that Samsung is shipping smart TVs, smartwatches and mobile phones with many serious security flaws", said Michael Patterson, CEO of networking-security software maker Plixer International.
"Samsung Electronics takes security and privacy very seriously".
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Earlier last month, another security researcher had reported that the company was leaking customer data who were buying Samsung TVs using its online store. He says that much of Tizen's code is borrowed from past Samsung projects, such as Bada, but most of the security issues are found within the newer bits of code. "It's like taking an undergraduate and letting him program your software", he added. All these zero-days discovered by Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman could allow attackers to remotely hack millions of newer Samsung smart TVs, smart watches, and even mobile phones that are now on the market, as well as some that are scheduled to be released. I love Samsung hardware and an own couple of their IoT devices, but I despise their software. Since TizenStore app delivers apps and updates to Tizen devices and has a high level of security clearance (aka privileges), hackers would be in for nothing but joy to find it easy to hijack. Tizen is basically an Android replacement, Motherboard explains, an open-source platform Samsung has been rolling out over the past few years. Many developers use alternative functions entirely in order to avoid these risks, but Tizen developers are "using it everywhere". The attack should in principle work on any Tizen-powered device, not just a smart TV.
To make matters even worse, SSL encryption is not used by default when it comes to transmitting secure data.
"Tizen is going to be Samsung's biggest thing".
Mashable has contacted Samsung about these security issues and we will update the post if we hear from them. We might see the new Galaxy [smartphones] running Tizen, it could happen that soon. According to Motherboard, all Neiderman received from Samsung was an automated email response.