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Samsung will fix Exynos modem vulnerabilities with April 2023 security patch – Community Manager

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Google’s Project Zero team a few weeks found some vulnerabilities in various devices with Exynos modems. These 0-day vulnerabilities were said to provide access to your device to the attacker just by a phone number. Because of this issue, many Pixel, Vivo, and Galaxy devices, some wearables, and vehicles with an Exynos chipset in them got affected. Now finally, Samsung spoke about this issue. Let’s see what they say.

Firstly, let us tell you the modems that were causing the vulnerabilities are Exynos Modem 5123, Exynos Modem 5300, Exynos 980, Exynos 1080, and Exynos Auto T5123. It was previously said that Samsung hadn’t provided any patch for these vulnerabilities, but now we don’t need to worry anymore, as Samsung will roll out a patch for it in August. If you want to know which devices are affected, you can check them below. 

Galaxy Smartphones: Galaxy S22 series (S22, S22+, S22 Ultra), Galaxy A53, Galaxy A33, Galaxy A13, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A04 series, Galaxy M33, Galaxy M13, Galaxy M12.

Galaxy Wearables: Galaxy Watch 4 seriesGalaxy Watch 5 series

Samsung Moderator spoke about the Exynos flaws

Recently, one of Samsung’s moderators (community manager) has shared some words in the community about the Exynos’ flaws. The moderator said that they have taken measures against these 6 security flaws. Samsung has already rolled out patches for 5 of them, and for the remaining one, a patch will be provided soon in the month of April. The moderator shared their concern regarding their users and users’ security. 

Besides, the moderator also suggested the users keep their devices up to date with the latest software so that their devices can get as much security as they can. You can see the complete statement below. 

“Hello, We understand the concern of vulnerabilities. Samsung takes the safety of our customers very seriously. After determining 6 vulnerabilities that may potentially impact select Galaxy devices, of which none were ‘severe,’ Samsung released security patches for 5 of these in March. Another security patch will be released in April to address the remaining vulnerability. As always, we recommend that all users keep their devices updated with the latest software to ensure the highest level of protection possible.”

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US Unlocked Galaxy S23 receives May 2024 security patch

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Samsung Galaxy S23 has already received the May 2024 security patch update in several regions, but as the device is present worldwide, due to server limitations, some units of the device are still waiting to get the update, and now, with the latest development, the device has started getting a new update in the US.

The unlocked units of the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are getting new updates with the firmware version numbers S911U1UES3CXD7, S916U1UES3CXD7, and S918U1UES3CXD7, respectively. The update is coming in a software package of 414 MB, indicating that no significant change has arrived.

The May 2024 security patch comes with standard changes, which don’t clarify anything; they only talk about device stability improvements and bug fixes. As well, it says the new and enhanced feature is included but doesn’t clarify it.

Meanwhile, let’s go to the details about the May 2024 security patch, as per the official documentation. There are more than 50 fixes, which improve the overall security and stability of the devices.

If you are using the unlocked units of Galaxy S23 devices in the US, you can now update the device to the latest version by simply going to the software update menu from the system settings, but if the update is not available on your device yet, you have to wait for some more time.

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US Carrier-locked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 getting May 2024 security patch

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Samsung has already started rolling out the May 2024 security patch for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, but it was limited to the unlocked version. Now,  with the latest development, the update has been spotted on several locked variants.

As of writing, the May 2024 security patch has been spotted for Verizon-locked devices. Users who own the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 bound to the Verizon network can identify the latest update by these firmware version numbers, F946USQS3CXE3 and F731USQS3CXE3, respectively. 

The May 2024 security patch doesn’t bring any new features, but it will provide enhancements for the security of the devices. According to the official documentation, it will bring more than 50 fixes. Google has introduced 31 patches that will enhance the Android system, and along with this, there are 25 extra patches introduced by Samsung that will improve the overall performance of the Galaxy devices to protect user data against external threats.

Moreover, if you are having any issues while using any function on the device, then you should update the device. It will fix the issues and enhance the device’s performance and stability. 

If you want to update your device to the latest version, then just follow these simple steps: Forest, go to the system settings, select the software update menu, and here touch the download and install option. If it shows a new update available, then tap on the download button.

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Carrier-locked Galaxy A15 5G gets One UI 6.1 update in the US

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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G is the latest budget-friendly device from Samsung. It was launched back in December last year, and it came with Android 14 preinstalled. Now it is getting its first significant update in the form of One UI 6.1, and it will ultimately improve the utility of different pre-existing functionality.

As of writing, the locked unit of the Galaxy A15 5G has started getting new updates with the firmware version number A156USQU1BXDA. The One UI 6.1 update for this device hasn’t brought a new security patch and still uses the April 2024 patch level. The update is available on each network for locked variants and is expected to reach the unlocked variant in the next few days.

One UI 6.1 features

The One UI 6.1 feature will provide several new changes for the Galaxy devices; however, the update will not bring any Galaxy AI features, but it will provide a bunch of new features that will elevate the user experience. According to the official changelog, the latest update for the Galaxy A15 5G will get several new enhancements like battery protection, a clock, a gallery, a mobile network, and many more. For full details, you can check the official page.

If you want to use the latest changes for the devices, you will need to update the device to the latest version by simply clicking on the system software update through the system settings. However, if you don’t receive the update on your device, then you should wait for some time.

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