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Samsung to Issue Monthly Security Patch Post Stagefright Vulnerability

News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015.

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In the wake of the recent Stagefright vulnerability found in the Android platform, Samsung has decided to knuckle down and will start releasing monthly security patches for its devices. Simply put, this will mean that any future security problems will be dealt with quickly, instead of merely waiting for them to happen before acting. Samsung will also be rolling the patches out directly, so they will not have to pass by (and inevitably arrive late) a carrier first.

The Stagefirght vulnerability discovered recently allowed potential hackers to take control of an Android device via a nefarious MMS. A simple means indeed, and one that spooked the Android community, and Samsung says it understood the importance of acting. The company says updates will "take place regularly, about once a month".

It is certainly good to see the largest vendor on Android take these vulnerabilities more seriously, and hopefully it can help make the platform more secure, with insecurity of Android being an easy target for rivals to aim for. Dong Jun Koh, Executive Vice President at Samsung said:

With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected.

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