Samsung Galaxy S7 devices are finally receiving their September security patch – these are only for devices already updated to Android 6.0.1. Readers are reporting to our one source that Canadian carriers, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Koodo are already receiving updates but it should be only a matter of time before others start their OTA patches. You can always ‘force’ the upgrade by going through your settings to check for new upgrades.
This security patch consists of three patches distributed by Google throughout the month – the most pressing issue is a "critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files." Even though there have been no reports or security violations, Google has encouraged all users to accept and download these updates. There are three security patches associated with this upgrade. The first was issued on September 1st – a partial patch that addresses everything up until September 1st. Another one was issued on September 5th that included all security patches done on September 1st and through September 5th. The September 6th security patch should take care of the two prior patches as well as the new security issues. There were dozens of issues fixed by this update and over 30 fixes had a High or Critical state of security. Nexus devices already received their OTA security patch update on September 6th, 2016.
Google and Android are constantly monitoring vulnerabilities in their Operating System, but it is tough to keep up with all of the enhancements done with each newer version of the Android platform. The Android Security Team needs to rely on users to update to the latest version and to report immediately any inconsistencies they may find. Newer programs within Android, try to be proactive and spot problems before they occur, such as Verify Apps and SafetyNet. It is much better to catch a malicious virus before it can get onto your smartphone and cause trouble. Security on our smartphones is more important than ever as we start to use Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and a variety of third-party apps, such as Starbucks, Tim Hortons, etc. We are now leaving our wallets at home or in the car and carry our credit card and bank information inside our smartphone, which is just one of the many reasons why better smartphone security is important.