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Compliant Product - Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 on Android 8.1

Certificate Date:  2019.09.26

Validation Report Number:  CCEVS-VR-VID11001-2019

Product Type:    Virtual Private Network

Conformance Claim:  Protection Profile Compliant

PP Identifier:    PP-Module for VPN Client Version 2.1
  Protection Profile for Mobile Device Fundamentals Version 3.1
  Extended Package for Wireless LAN Client Version 1.0

CC Testing Lab:  Gossamer Security Solutions

CC Certificate [PDF] Security Target [PDF] Validation Report [PDF]

Assurance Activity [PDF]

Administrative Guide [PDF]

Administrative Guide [PDF]

Product Description

The TOE is a mobile device based on Android 8.1 with a built-in IPsec VPN client and modifications made to increase the level of security provided to end users and enterprises. The TOE is intended for use as part of an enterprise mobility solution providing mobile staff with enterprise connectivity.

The TOE includes a Common Criteria mode (or “CC mode”) that an administrator can invoke using an MDM.  The TOE must meet the following prerequisites in order for an administrator to transition the TOE to and remain in the CC configuration.

  • ·         Require a screen lock password (swipe, PIN, pattern, accessibility (direction), or facial recognition screen locks are not allowed).


  • ·         The maximum password failure retry policy should be less than or equal to 30.


  • ·         A screen lock password required to decrypt data on boot.


  • ·         Revocation checking must be enabled.


  • ·         External storage must be encrypted.


  • ·         Password (non-container) recovery policy and password history must not be enabled.

When CC mode has been enabled, the TOE behaves as follows:

  • ·         The TOE sets the system wide Android CC mode property to enabled.


  • ·         The TOE prevents loading of custom firmware/kernels and requires all updates occur through FOTA (Samsung’s Firmware Over The Air firmware update method).


  • ·         The TOE utilizes CAVP approved cryptographic ciphers for TLS.


  • ·         The TOE ensures FOTA updates utilize 2048-bit PKCS #1 RSA-PSS formatted signatures (with SHA-512 hashing).

The TOE includes a containerization capability, Knox Workspace Container, which is part of the Knox Platform. This container provides a way to segment applications and data into two separate areas on the device, such as a personal area and a work area, each with its own separate apps, data and security policies. For this effort the TOE was evaluated both without and with a Knox Workspace container created (and to create a Knox Workspace container, one must purchase an additional license).  Thus, the evaluation includes several Knox-specific claims that apply to a Knox Workspace container when created.

There are different models of the TOE, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 on Android 8.1, and these models differ in their internal components (as described in Evaluated Configuration section below).

Evaluated Configuration

This evaluation tested the following Galaxy device:

Device Name


Chipset Vendor



Kernel Version

Build Number

Galaxy Tab Active2



Exynos 7870





  In addition to the evaluated device, the following device model is claimed as equivalent with a note about the differences between the evaluated device and the equivalent model.

Evaluated Device


Equivalent Devices


Galaxy Tab Active2 (T397)

Exynos 7870

Galaxy Tab Active2

T390 & T397 models have 32GB of storage, T395 has 16GB


In general, the devices include a final letter or number at the end of the name that denotes that the device is for a specific carrier or region (for example, U = US Carrier build and F = International, which were used during the evaluation.

For each device there are specific models which are validated. This table lists the specific carrier models that have the validated configuration (covering both evaluated and equivalent devices).

Device Name

Chipset Vendor

Base Model

Carrier Models

Galaxy Tab Active2











Where Carrier Models specifies “None” that means a device without a suffix is also a device that can be placed into a validated configuration.

Security Evaluation Summary

The evaluation was carried out in accordance to the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme (CCEVS) requirements and guidance. The evaluation demonstrated that the TOE meets the security requirements contained in the Security Target.  The criteria against which the TOE was judged are described in the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation, Version 3.1, Revision 5, April 2017. The evaluation methodology used by the evaluation team to conduct the evaluation is the Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation, Evaluation Methodology, Version 3.1, Revision 5, April 2017.  The product, when delivered and configured as identified in the Samsung Android 8 on Galaxy Devices Administrator Guide, version 4.2, September 3, 2019 and the Samsung VPN Client on Galaxy Devices Administrator Guide, version 4.2, June 19, 2019 documents, satisfies all of the security functional requirements stated in the Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Galaxy Tab Active2 on Android 8.1 (MDFPP31/WLANCEP10/VPNC21) Security Target, Version 0.7, September 3, 2019.  The project underwent CCEVS Validator review.  The evaluation was completed in September 2019.  Results of the evaluation can be found in the Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme Validation Report (report number CCEVS-VR-VID11001-2019) prepared by CCEVS.

Environmental Strengths

The logical boundaries of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 on Android 8.1 are realized in the security functions that it implements. Each of these security functions is summarized below.

Security Audit:

The TOE generates logs for a range of security relevant events. The TOE stores the logs locally so they can be accessed by an administrator or they can be exported to an MDM.

Cryptographic support:

The TOE includes multiple cryptographic libraries with CAVP certified algorithms for a wide range of cryptographic functions including: asymmetric key generation and establishment, symmetric key generation, encryption/decryption, cryptographic hashing and keyed-hash message authentication. These functions are supported with suitable random bit generation, key derivation, salt generation, initialization vector generation, secure key storage, and key and protected data destruction. These primitive cryptographic functions are used to implement security protocols such as TLS, EAP-TLS, IPsec, and HTTPS and to encrypt the media (including the generation and protection of data and key encryption keys) used by the TOE.  Many of these cryptographic functions are also accessible as services to applications running on the TOE.

User data protection:

The TOE controls access to system services by hosted applications, including protection of the Trust Anchor Database. Additionally, the TOE protects user and other sensitive data using encryption so that even if a device is physically lost, the data remains protected.  The functionality provided by a Knox Workspace container enhances the security of user data by providing an additional layer of separation between different categories of apps and data while the device is in use.  The TOE ensures that residual information is protected from potential reuse in accessible objects such as network packets.

Identification and authentication:

The TOE supports a number of features related to identification and authentication. From a user perspective, except for making phone calls to an emergency number, a password or Biometric Authentication Factor (BAF) must be correctly entered to unlock the TOE. In addition, even when the TOE is unlocked the password must be re-entered to change the password or re-enroll the biometric template. Passwords are obscured when entered so they cannot be read from the TOE's display, the frequency of entering passwords is limited and when a configured number of failures occurs, the TOE will be wiped to protect its contents. Passwords can be constructed using upper and lower case characters, numbers, and special characters and passwords between 4 and 16 characters are supported.

The TOE can also serve as an 802.1X supplicant and can use X.509v3 and validate certificates for EAP-TLS, TLS and IPsec exchanges.  The TOE can also act as a client or server in an authenticated Bluetooth pairing.  In addition to storing X.509 certificates used for IPsec connections, the TOE can also securely store pre-shared keys for VPN connections.

Security management:

The TOE provides all the interfaces necessary to manage the security functions (including the VPN client) identified throughout this Security Target as well as other functions commonly found in mobile devices. Many of the available functions are available to users of the TOE while many are restricted to administrators operating through a Mobile Device Management solution once the TOE has been enrolled. Once the TOE has been enrolled and then un-enrolled, it removes all MDM policies and disables CC mode.

Protection of the TSF:

The TOE implements a number of features to protect itself to ensure the reliability and integrity of its security features. It protects particularly sensitive data such as cryptographic keys so that they are not accessible or exportable. It also provides its own timing mechanism to ensure that reliable time information is available (e.g., for log accountability). It enforces read, write, and execute memory page protections, uses address space layout randomization, and stack-based buffer overflow protections to minimize the potential to exploit application flaws. It also protects itself from modification by applications as well as isolates the address spaces of applications from one another to protect those applications.

The TOE includes functions to perform self-tests and software/firmware integrity checking so that it might detect when it is failing or may be corrupt. If any of the self-tests fail, the TOE will not go into an operational mode. It also includes mechanisms (i.e., verification of the digital signature of each new image) so that the TOE itself can be updated while ensuring that the updates will not introduce malicious or other unexpected changes in the TOE. Digital signature checking also extends to verifying applications prior to their installation.

TOE Access:

The TOE can be locked, obscuring its display, by the user or after a configured interval of inactivity. The TOE also has the capability to display an advisory message (banner) when users unlock the TOE for use.

The TOE is also able to attempt to connect to wireless networks as configured.

Trusted path/channels:

The TOE supports the use of 802.11-2012, 802.1X, EAP-TLS, TLS, HTTPS and IPsec to secure communications channels between itself and other trusted network devices.

Vendor Information

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Henry Jong-Hyeon Lee c/o Brian Wood
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