Solana refutes CertiK claims of security vulnerabilities affecting Saga phones: report

Solana Labs has strongly denied claims made by blockchain research firm CertiK about its connection to security flaws in Saga smartphones. Solana Labs owns the Saga smartphone brand, which is packed with pro-crypto features like in-built digital wallets. CertiK said in a recent post on X that this smartphone from Solana Labs comes with a ‘critical vulnerability’ that can be used to install malicious software if the phone’s bootloader is unlocked. According to CertiK, due to this vulnerability, a cyber hacker could set up a hidden gateway to access personal details on the Saga phone.

In its post on The platform shared a minute long video demonstrating the infection process on a Solana Saga smartphone.

Speaking with CoinTelegraph, Solana Labs said that the findings shared by CertiK are ‘incorrect’. “CertiK Video does not disclose any known vulnerabilities or security threats to Saga holders. Unlocking the bootloader destroys the device, which users are warned about multiple times when unlocking the bootloader, so it’s not a process that can happen without users’ active participation or awareness,” Cointelegraph. quoted As Solana Labs is saying.

Modern smartphones are equipped with a bootloader that is locked as a security measure. A locked bootloader only loads authorized code, which protects users from misuse. Unlocking the bootloader on a smartphone can present a significant security risk – the process of unlocking the bootloader is supported on many Android phones and doing so completely destroys the data on the smartphone.

Citing information from an Android open-source project, the blockchain firm further revealed that unlocking the bootloader can be done on multiple Android devices. documentation,

Solana’s Saga smartphone was launched in April 2022 and was seen as the arrival of the world’s first generation crypto and Web3-centric smartphones. The Saga smartphone running Android was priced at around $1,000 (approximately Rs 78,300). According to the company, with Solana Pay crypto pay, a ‘seed vault’ is also pre-installed on Saga devices to securely store all private keys associated with the device.


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