Samsung unveils December 2022 security patches: the vulnerabilities fixed

Samsung is always the first to give security patch updates to its Galaxy devices. The company often releases them even before the start of the month; for example, the company released the November 2022 security update for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 device in the last week of October. Most of the time, the Korean giant beats Google at the time of monthly security updates as it frequently releases security patch updates to Galaxy devices much earlier than pixel phones.

Samsung December 2022 Security Patches

According to the Samsung documentation, the latest patches include the fix to as many as 93 vulnerabilities, 67 of them common to (almost) all Android devices. Of the long list, 5 vulnerabilities are defined as critical, 63 high priority, and 12 moderate. Most of these vulnerabilities affect Galaxy smartphones and tablets with Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12, but some also touch the latest version of the robot. Among the latter, one concerns the RCS system, which would allow malicious actors to access the phone number of an incoming call. It also required action on the vulnerability that would allow access to the contents of the toast notifications of the Personal Area through the Nice Catch app (it is part of the Good Lock package).

Additionally, Samsung has also added some 13 patches with it, which are specially designed for Galaxy devices so Galaxy users can easily use the Galaxy devices without any worry about the security of their privacy and important data.

Moreover, Samsung has addressed some security loopholes and variabilities in several functions and apps such as SecTelephonyProvider, Telecom application, Samsung settings, RCS call, Samsung decoding library for video thumbnails, Exynos baseband, Nice Catch, WindowManagerService, llccphonebook, Qualcomm kernel, Contacts, Phone, etc. Samsung claims that all the mentioned apps and functions are now fixed and safe to use, and the company also promises that if there is any bug left apart from this, it will surely fix it in another update.

Which Samsung Galaxy smartphone will get the And December 2022 patches

In addition to the Google Pixels, the December 2022 security patches are already in distribution starting with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, but they will arrive via a software update on many other models, most of them already with Android 13 and One UI 5 (waiting for the One UI 5.1). Among the smartphones that will receive the update with the latest security fixes we can mention:

  • Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Galaxy S21 FE
  • Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (already in distribution)
  • Galaxy S20 FE
  • Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Galaxy Z Fold4
  • Galaxy Z Flip4
  • Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Galaxy Z Flip
  • Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Galaxy A53 5G
  • Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Galaxy Xcover Pro, Galaxy Xcover 5 and Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro

The list is probably not exhaustive, as Samsung will update other smartphones and maybe some tablets (despite the updates being quarterly for different models) and smartwatches (Galaxy Watch4, Watch4 Classic, Watch5 and Watch5 Pro). The December 2022 security patch rollout will last a few weeks: keep following us as we will keep you abreast of developments.

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