Verizon Wireless is rolling out a new software update for a wide range of smartphones operating on its network, with the OTA release being primarily focused on introducing the BlueBorne security patch. The update is currently distributed on several Galaxy S models, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as well as the Moto Z2 Force, the latter of which also received the September Android security patch.
More precisely, the latest software update launched by Verizon should be available on the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, as well as the newer models launched earlier this year including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Verizon Wireless customers who happen to own one of these aforementioned smartphones are advised to download and apply the BlueBorne security patch as soon as possible in order to avoid any unwanted scenarios. For readers who may be wondering, BlueBorne is a vulnerability that’s been discovered several weeks ago and can technically be exploited by hackers to take control of Bluetooth-enabled devices remotely. The vulnerability is not limited only to smartphones and it affects a wide variety of platforms that make use of the Bluetooth standard, ranging from computers to mobile phones and IoT devices. An increasing number of Android smartphones have continued to receive vulnerability patches after the BlueBorne vulnerability was first discovered, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 series in Europe, the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, as well as the OnePlus 3 and 3T to name a few.
Verizon Wireless is distributing the security patch in a similar manner to standard updates, meaning that the package is expanding its reaches over the air and will continue to hit affected smartphones in the wild over the course of the next few days or weeks. As is the case with regular updates, eligible customers are advised to download the latest release over an active Wi-Fi network and while ensuring that the device has at least half of its battery life left. The update should be preceded by a notification, and otherwise, users can attempt to trigger the update manually from within the phone’s settings menu.