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A dangerous security malware has made Samsung and other devices vulnerable

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In this digital era, where our convenience is increasing daily, the risk of digital vulnerabilities is also expanding. Recently, a dangerous malware application has been found on devices booted with the Android operating system. This malware application leads to major security leaks through various entrusted devices manufactured by Samsung and other OEMs. This issue has been disclosed by the Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative (APVI) of Google. 

The main trouble is the platform signing key of many Android OEMs has been leaked outside, which is used to ensure the validity of the version of Android on which the device is running. The same key could also be used to sign different individual applications. As the key has been leaked and got the hold of the malicious attacker, he could give malware full, system-level permission on the affected device by using those. Consequently, he will access the whole data available in the affected device. 

Notably, those threats don’t appear with the installation of the new or unknown application but can be delivered through any trusted and pre-installed application with the platform signing keys. While the attacker is adding malware to any application, Android OS will take it as an update because of the trustworthy signing keys. It can affect a trusted app such as Bixby, even if it is installed through the Google Play Store or Galaxy Store. Therefore, it will be hard to determine which application is actually affected by the malware vulnerability. 

However, as mentioned above, Samsung is not the only manufacturer whose devices are being affected; other manufacturers, such as LG, are also included in this list because their keys have been leaked. Besides the smartphone manufacturers, MediaTek, which is a semiconductor manufacturing company, is also present in the list of OEMs whose keys are now under attacker’s hold. Other affected manufacturer’s names are listed below- 

  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Mediatek
  • Szroco
  • Revoview

To reduce the threat of this malware vulnerability, affected companies should change their Android platform signing keys and avoid using the affected one, as Google’s brief explainer suggested. Google also urged Android manufacturers to decrease the use of these keys, and they can be used to sign in to the neediest applications that demand the highest level of security. By doing these things regularly, we can also minimize possible future leaks. 

Albeit, Google clarified that devices are protected from this particular malware threat in various ways, like Google Play Protect, mitigation, and more. It has also been seen that this exploit is unable to make its way into the applications distributed through Google Play Store. Even then, to avoid this kind of threat, we are recommending you stop sideloading applications on your device, even if you are updating an already available device. And if you do so, be sure that you trust the respective file completely. 

Another way to reduce the menace is to keep your device secured and up to date and ensure that your device has the latest firmware update. If your device is not on the list of devices that tend to receive regular updates, it will be better if you upgrade/change the device to avoid security threats. 


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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US Galaxy Z Fold 6 Leaks on Geekbench, Hints at Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

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Samsung appears close to introducing its sixth-generation foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6, in July at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. Now the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is spotted on the Geekbench database. Let’s take a closer look at the detailed information. 

Although the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is already spotted on the Geekbench database, Now, luckily, in development, its sibling’s forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 smartphone appeared on the Geekbench 6.3.0 benchmark database with the model number SM-F956U. 

The last letter ‘U’ in the model number points to the fact that this mode refers to a variant for the US market. It scored 1,964 points in the single-core round of the test and 6,619 points in the multi-core round. The listing reveals the existence of an octa-core processor with the codename pineapple, a 1+3+2+2 core configuration, and an Adreno 750 GPU. Apart from these, one chief core is clocked at 3.40 GHz, and the remaining three performance cores are at 3.15 GHz. 

This points out that Samsung could power the forthcoming Galaxy foldable with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3processor. The Geekbench database suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will arrive with 12GB of RAM and Android 14. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 already appeared on the 3C certification website, which suggested support for 25W fast charging, and now it is expected that this device will also visit other certification websites soon. 

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Unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 getting May 2024 Security update in the US

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 devices are counted as the top smartphones that grabbed the One UI 6.1 update in the first phase. Then,  the company introduced more software updates in the form of the April 2024 security patch and is continuing it now that these devices are getting the latest May 2024 security patch as well.

The unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch

The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch update with the firmware version numbers F946U1UES3CXE3 and F731U1UES3CXE3, respectively. The latest software update for both of the devices comes under 500 MB. With the latest update, the company has only focused on providing some security enhancements.

For your information, the May 2024 security patch has brought some new changes under the system software, where it has grabbed more than 50 fixes. Google has introduced 31 patches to enhance the overall performance of the devices, while Samsung has also added 25 fixes that will improve the functionalities regarding the Galaxy devices.

Moreover, the latest update for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 may also bring some new features that may enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices. So if you are having any issues while using the devices related to One UI 6.1, then the update may help you get rid of the issues.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the US, then you should start getting a new update notification, and by tapping on that, you can easily update your device. Alternatively, you can do it manually as well by going to the software update menu in the system settings.

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Samsung Prioritizes Faster Charging in 2024 Smartphones

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The first quarter of 2024 is already over; during this interval, Samsung has introduced several Galaxy smartphones of particular belonging, such as the flagship Galaxy S24 series, the Galaxy A55 and Galaxy A35, the mid-range ones, the Galaxy A15 and Galaxy F15, the budgetable ones, and many more. But the fact is, after being the latest smartphones, they have a lack of ‘charging speed.’ 

Undoubtedly, Samsung is leading the tech industry with its top-notch features, design, and larger batteries, as compared to other Android manufacturers, but despite all this, it has a massive lack of charging speed. Samsung usually attaches larger batteries to its Galaxy smartphones to enhance the users’ non-stop-using experience. But a larger battery isn’t worth it unless it has a good charging speed. 

On the other hand, Chinese manufacturers are equipping their smartphones with charging speeds north of 100W, whereas 45W is the maximum speed you can get on Galaxy smartphones. However, even 45W charging is quite rare among Galaxy phones. Samsung has launched most of the Galaxy devices in the last couple of years, including the flagship with support for 25W. 

Here we are making things easy for you if you are looking to buy a Galaxy smartphone that debuted in 2024 with the support of 45W charging speed by mentioning a list of devices: 


The list is quite short, even considering that the Galaxy F55, M55, and C55 are just rebranded variants of the same smartphone for different regions. Now Samsung is setting up to launch its next-generation foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6, in July, but it is yet to be confirmed whether these devices will get a boost in charging speeds from 25W or not. 

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