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The Samsung Knox for Android platform must be configured to disable developer modes.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-56063 KNOX-35-020000 SV-70317r1_rule Medium
Developer modes circumvent certain security measures, so their use for standard operation is not recommended. Developer modes may increase the likelihood of compromise of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. SFR ID: FMT_SMF.1.1 #21
Samsung Android (with Knox 2.x) STIG 2016-02-25


Check Text ( C-56633r3_chk )
This check procedure is performed on both the MDM Administration Console and the Samsung Knox device.

Check that the appropriate setting is configured on the MDM Administration Console.
1. Ask the MDM administrator to display the "Disable Developer Mode" settings in the "Android Restrictions" rule.
2. Verify that the "Disable Developer Mode" setting is enabled.

On the Samsung Knox for Android Device:
1. Open the device settings.
2. Select "Developer options". (**)
3. Attempt to enable "Developer options".

If the "Disable Developer Mode" setting in the MDM console is disabled, or if the user is able to enable "Developer options" on the device, this is a finding.

(Note: The "Developer Modes" configuration setting may not be available in older MDM consoles. Disabling USB Debugging and Mock Locations also disables developer modes on the mobile device.)

(**) "Developer options" is initially hidden to users. To unhide this menu item:
1. Open the device settings.
2. Select "About phone".
3. Rapidly tap on "Build number" multiple times until device displays the developer options menu item.
Fix Text (F-60941r1_fix)
Configure the mobile device to disable developer modes.

Configure the platform to disable Developer Mode.

On the MDM Administration Console, enable the "Disable Developer Mode" setting in the "Android Restrictions" rule.