Owners of premium Samsung devices such as Galaxy S8, S9 and Note 9 should be on the lookout for a new update.
The Korean technology firm has just announced the release of its next security patch which fixes a number of Android vulnerabilities on these devices.
Confirming the update Samsung said: “Samsung Mobile is releasing a maintenance release for major flagship models as part of monthly Security Maintenance Release (SMR) process. This SMR package includes patches from Google and Samsung.”
Some of the issues are so serious that Samsung has marked them critical with one even allowing remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on a target’s device.
There’s also a fix for an improper startup procedure in Emergency mode allows unauthorised users to accept Emergency mode EULA instead of the device owner and disable some protected features without any prior authentication.
The patch adds authentication procedure before it starts Emergency mode.
In a post on its security website, Samsung said: “At Samsung, we take security and privacy issues very seriously and we are doing our best to respond as quickly as possible.
“Securing your device and maintaining the trust you place in us is our top priority.
“Samsung releases monthly and quarterly security updates on selected Samsung devices.
“Monthly and quarterly security updates will include patches for Android OS related security issues released by Google, as well as, patches for Samsung-specific security issues.”
Here a list of devices that will receive the update.
Galaxy S7 Active, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e
Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9
Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018)
The news of this update comes as Samsung is due to release its next swathe of smartphones.
The Korean technology company is set to hold a launch event next week where it will reveal the new mid-range A70 phone.
This device will include 6.7-inch Super AMOLED edge-to-edge screen with a 20:9 display ratio.
That’s impressive enough but tucked under this screen is an embedded fingerprint scanner which means there’s no more reaching to the rear case to unlock the device.
Although the security sensor is gone there is a new addition to the back panel with a triple rear camera now included on the A70.
These new snappers will offer photography fans the option to shoot images with an Ultra Wide lens and there’s the usual depth effect settings.
Samsung is also boasting that the A70 will include its Scene Optimiser that can recognise and intuitively enhance up to 20 scenes.
Samsung says the A70 will be available in four distinctive colours including Coral, Blue, Black and White each will also get the prism effect that reveals gradient colours depending on light direction and reflections.