Samsung Release List of Vulnerabilities Fixed for June 2016

After last year's scare surrounding the Stagefright vulnerability in Android, Google vowed to make sure that this didn't happen again and since then the firm has been releasing monthly security updates to Nexus devices and Android as a whole. While Google can quite easily update their own Nexus devices with these patches, it's a little more difficult to get other manufacturers onboard. One name that appears to be taking these monthly updates a little more seriously than others however, is Samsung. Following in Google's footsteps, the South Korean brand has issued their own security bulletin for the month of June, 2016.

The June 2016 bulletin details vulnerabilities that will be fixed in Samsung's "Security Maintenance Release (SMR)", and for the most part line up with Google's own, but also adds some very specific issues that relate only to Samsung devices. An example of a specific Samsung issue would be SVE-2015-5068 which could ultimately allow users to access a USB OTG drive even when a Galaxy device was in the setup process (before anyone has signed into any accounts etc) and then install whatever they wanted to. Elsewhere however, and the short list for June mostly lines up with what Google has fixed in their own June release, and this June 2016 bulletin from Samsung is more of a list of vulnerabilities and their fixes, rather than a changelog of a definitive update.

Rolling out an update to all of Samsung's currently-supported devices with these changes is probably a lot more difficult than we'd imagine, but the June 2016 bulletin does disappoint when it says that "Samsung Mobile is releasing a maintenance release for major flagship model". This pretty much suggests that only devices from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines will be getting any sort of SMR OTA update in the near future, and even then it's hard to tell just when Samsung will get round to updating all of these devices. Even so, it is good to see Samsung at least keep in step with Google's fixes, and if something urgent comes along, this new approach to staying on top of things could make it a lot easier for them to roll out updates quicker.

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