Samsung Galaxy owners have this week seen the latest Android security update pushed out by the South Korean tech giant. On Wednesday Samsung began rolling out the latest in their line of monthly security upgrades for Android, and it fixes some major issues. The new patch closes up a number of critical vulnerabilities that affect Samsung Galaxy devices.
As highlighted in a post by Bleeping Computer, the new Samsung download fixes a number of ‘high’ or ‘critical’ rated vulnerabilities in Android – making it an essential download for Galaxy owners.
The September update also brings with it other improvements related to Wi-Fi connectivity, the Messages app and Samsung Keyboard.
One of the most dangerous issues which now has thankfully been fixed is the CVE-2020-0245 vulnerability.
This flaw impacted the Media Framework section and could have allowed a nefarious party to remotely run malicious code on a device.
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As explained in the Android September 2020 security bulletin: “The most severe vulnerability in [the Media Framework] section could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process”.
In total the latest Samsung update fixed three critical flaws with 20 high risk vulnerabilities addressed.
The news comes as earlier this week Google also released their highly anticipated Android 11 update, with Samsung Galaxy fans still waiting for the patch to arrive.
As always Google Pixel devices are among the first to get the latest Android update but a selection of Chinese smartphones were also able to get Android 11 on day one.
A number of devices from OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme received Android 11 at launch alongside Pixel smartphones.
As well as the usual bags full of bug fixes, security patches and performance tweaks, the biggest improvements to Android 11 are conversations bubbles as well as built-in screen recording.
But there are also a number of features that arrived in the Android 11 update which are exclusive to Pixel devices.
Among the features that Pixel owners are getting first dibs to are Smart Reply, Live View with Location Sharing and app suggestions. Outlining these Pixel exclusive features in a blog post, technical programme manager Matt Meffin said: “A few times a year, your Pixel receives a boost with software updates that send new features, tricks, and apps to your phone.
“And this time, with new Pixel-first features on Android 11, your Pixel has even more smarts to make it better and more helpful—like giving you new ways to control your media and organise your apps, and making it easier to communicate with friends and family. And it all comes with privacy as a priority. Everything happens over the air, so you get that new-phone feeling over and over again.”