Samsung’s Keyboard Vulnerability Does Not Affect SwiftKey Users
As you might have heard, a report from yesterday revealed that there was a vulnerability in Samsung’s Swift keyboard that hackers could potentially exploit, thus allowing them to eavesdrop on your calls, messages, make changes to the way your app runs, and a lot more nasty stuff.
Now for those who are unfamiliar, SwiftKey’s technology is used to help power Samsung’s Swift keyboard and for those who have arrived at the conclusion that this means SwiftKey is suffering from the same vulnerability, think again. SwiftKey has since posted an update on their blog in which they reassure users that their keyboard is not affected.
According to SwiftKey, “This vulnerability is unrelated to and does not affect our SwiftKey consumer apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store. We supply Samsung with the core technology that powers the word predictions in their keyboard. It appears that the way this technology was integrated on Samsung devices introduced the security vulnerability.”
SwiftKey also adds that they are working with Samsung to help them resolve the issue moving forward. In the meantime Samsung has also released a statement in which they claim that they will be releasing the patch to address the issue through their KNOX service, so if you are a SwiftKey user, it seems that you can rest assured that you’re safe.