Samsung Messages bug causing app to secretly send out photos from gallery

Samsung Messages bug causing app to secretly send out photos from gallery
According to a number of users on Reddit, the Samsung Messages app appears to have a pretty serious bug that’s related to pictures stored locally on devices.

As reported by the users, Samsung’s app is secretly sending out photos from within the Gallery app to random contacts without consent. In some cases, Galaxy owners are claiming that the messaging service is resending images that have previously been sent to certain contacts, while others claim that the app is even sending out the entire gallery of photos that are presently stored on the smartphone. In either case, however, no log of the messages is shown.

Presently, it’s unclear if the bug is specific to any devices, but it’s worth mentioning that it seems to have appeared after a recent update via Galaxy Apps, and has been primarily affecting users of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on T-Mobile. Nevertheless, one AT&T user has also reported the same bug, while a Galaxy Note 8 owner reported the same issue too.

Samsung is yet to acknowledge the bug or issue any kind of fix at this moment in time but revoking the app’s storage permission is said to act as a temporary fix. Also, for users who wish to know if they’ve been affected by the bug, they are encouraged to check their messages log with their carrier.



1. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Such a strange bug !!!! Does even Samsung care about user privacy ?????!!!!

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is how they discover new innovations lol. Samsung has become a pathetic laughing stock.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG stop being so stupid. Like any other phone has not had bugs.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sissy246 in damage control mode for her master.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I wonder what Samsung apologists would have to say now as they keep ranting on every iOS article about bugs, privacy, security etc. Though there are fans of other brands, i seldom find them trolling iPhone related articles. PS - Android fan here, never owned an iOS device in life.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I haven't owned a Samsung in years, probably 3-4. This is pretty alarming. But this is pretty unlike Samsung.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

We would say this isn't a Samsung exclusive. A bug between iOS and messengers like whatsapp have been known to send unsoliticted photos into your iCloud photosharing. Similar issues reported in Google photos as well for Android devices.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sources for both claims? You know the drill...

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hahahahaha! Dick pix deploy!!!!

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22785; Member since: May 28, 2014


5. Omarc07

Posts: 589; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Eh don't care lots of people have my dick pics already.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

No worries lol

24. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Can you send it to me too?

26. Omarc07

Posts: 589; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Okay yes

25. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

But it may not be good to have them sent to certain people

28. Vokilam

Posts: 1438; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I would avoid texting with your mother or grandma until they fix this.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't ;/

10. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Have not seen anything on the Tmo S8.. yet...

11. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

OH that could be fun........ NOT!

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This sounds like a OnePlus thing to do.

15. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

"THAT's not a Bug!"

16. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Yeah... a bug.

17. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

This is a Trump Bug to make America Great again. Start to spy on the most selling phone first.

20. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

All the Samsung Apologists are in hiding now

21. midan

Posts: 3215; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This has to be one of the worst bugs phones have ever had, this is very bad and personal

22. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

How in the world? What is this kind of ''bug''. Pretty pathethic to let a bug like that unnoticed by the devs.

23. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Lol Samsung is pathetic and should shut down.

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is certainly not the first time something like this has happened, nor will it be the last. There was the report of an Alexa unit emailing a conversation to a friend without the owner's knowledge/consent. And remember the Carrier IQ debacle from around 4 years ago? As we integrate more and more technology into our lives, we are going to find more and more of these types of things going on.

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