Samsung announces plans to launch monthly Android security patches

Samsung announces plans to launch monthly Android security patches
In the wake of the Stagefright vulnerability discovery, Samsung has just announced that it will soon launch a new Android security update process. In a nutshell, this is Samsung's plan to make sure that Android vulnerabilities are to be patched as soon as possible, without the delay that usually occurs between the time that Samsung rolls out security patches and the time that carriers actually deploy the fixes.

Samsung says that it has worked with carriers to quickly patch the Android Stagefright vulnerability, a security breach that potentially allows hackers to take control of a device through a malicious MMS. Samsung says that it recognizes the importance of "fast-tracking" security vulnerabilities and deploying fixes as soon as possible, which is why the company plans to collaborate with carriers to regularly patch all security vulnerabilities that will be discovered in the future. Samsung says that these security updates "will take place regularly about once per month". As a side note, it's worth mentioning that Samsung was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to issue patches for the Stagefright vulnerability.

Here's what Dong Jun Koh, Executive Vice President at Samsung had to say in the official blog post that announced the new Samsung initiative:


Samsung says that it is actively conversing with carriers across the globe to implement its new "Android Security Update Process". At the moment, Samsung did not provide more details, but the company said that detailed timelines will be released soon. Thoughts?

source: Samsung

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34 Comments

1. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

Where's our security patch against Touchwiz?

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Troll harder. Why is this Samsung's task? This should be Google's responsibility. I feel like Google releases an OS and leaves it for dead after release.

5. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

You read my mind. These should be OS level updates not brand/model level updates.

6. tacarat

Posts: 853; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Unlike Microsoft that does that for computers and charges for the software, Android is free. As in free beer. That's why they'll fix their issues but leave the rest to the manufacturers. They get what they paid for.

34. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Do some research, android its not free, revenues are paid back to google by manufactures.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17187; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's Samsung's task because they take the open source Android and modify of, all the way down to the framework. Sometimes it works in their favor, like when their phones didn't suffer from the boot animation memory leak. But, Google can't release patches for every variation of Android that every OEM modifies.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lollipop is still a pretty big mess that's affecting many users.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17187; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So is iOS 8, following on the heels of an even bigger mess, iOS 7. Maybe 9 will be the lucky number.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 7 was a dream, compared to iOS 8. iOS 8 has been by far the worst IPhone OS yet. I have low hopes for iOS 9 being too much better.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes iOS 8 has been highly imperfect. Your point?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why do you think iOS 8 flopped so bad.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think Apple isn't giving themselves time to fine tune iOS and fix issues that come up during development. They need to focus on fine tuning iOS over adding more stuff.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17187; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No point. Just responding to an unrelated troll comment with an unrelated troll comment.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka I have no comeback besides a bs comment. Here I fixed your comment for you.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's your next device bro?

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm torn between the Note 5 and the iPhone 6S Plus. I'm also considering the X Pure Edition/Style for the price alone and the ability to use on any carrier.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm definitely getting the N5, or Edge Plus. I need the full iOS 9 experience to get the 6S Plus.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Same here. I'm not too bothered by the recent news about the Note. I just want the Note experience that was enjoyable during the Note 4.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's called Custom ROMs.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol bazinga.

8. ikenvape

Posts: 306; Member since: May 28, 2014

How about updating your phones to the latest Android OS instead

11. Carlitos

Posts: 650; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Samsung updates their flagship up to 3 years after it was released in some cases! Stop complaining to samsung and complain to your greedy American carrier. Android 5.1.1 has been available for the GS6 for months already. Yet Att is still to release it. Troll harder

16. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

It's partly Samsung fault when they allow carriers to do this. How come we don't see this with the iPhone, they don't allow bloat or even carrier branding .

28. Carlitos

Posts: 650; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

It is not Samsung fault. It's just apple has a complete dictatorship over their OS. They have a special agreement with carriers that if they want to sell iPhone they have to allow their products to be updated directly and no bloatware.

29. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

And with all the money Samsung and Google have, couldn't they do the same? I mean Samsung sells the most android powered devices.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nope, because sales don't matter. The general Populace are sheep and told what to buy. Seriously, its amazing if you ever go into a store and watch the lies being told, its rather bleh to be honest. For every Samsung, there is an LG/HTC/etc to take their place. Do you think 90% of customers use their Samsung in anyway that couldn't be done on another OEM without the user caring? Because their is no competition to iPhone there is no bargaining on the table for the carrier. They either sell a device that is hot, or not.

9. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Sure Samsung, sure you will. You can't even give your last gen flagships yearly OS updates.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL......At least do some research before posting ignorant comments. In some cases Samsung has even better record then Nexus when it comes to updates.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17187; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No? Then how did this Lollipop get in my Note 4?

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