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Samsung and Google promise monthly security updates from now on

Discussion in 'SAMSUNG - What's New?' started by xTreme, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. xTreme

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    Recently a pretty nasty vulnerability in Android was discovered.
    It's being called Stagefright, and it affects versions 2.2 Froyo and newer of
    the OS. There is a fix, and thankfully it's now starting to be deployed through
    over-the-air updates by different manufacturers and carriers.

    But to ensure a more swift response to future situations of this nature, two
    companies that are very important to the Android ecosystem have
    announced some similar measures today.

    Let's start with Google, the developer of Android and the company in charge
    of software updates for the Nexus line. It has unveiled that, going forward,
    it will release monthly security updates for the Nexus devices, in addition to
    the usual platform updates.

    The first such security patch is in fact rolling out right now to the Nexus 4,
    Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player, fixing the
    aforementioned Stagefright exploit. According to Google, Nexus devices
    receive security updates "for the longer of three years from initial
    availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store".

    At the same time, Samsung, the biggest Android device maker, has
    committed to implementing a new security update process for its products.
    This will fast track patches when new vulnerabilities are uncovered. The
    updates will come to Samsung devices over-the-air "regularly about once per

    The Korean company is already doing some fast tracking in issuing a patch
    for the Stagefright bug, but it "plans to further develop this process and
    implement it as a timely security update practice".

    Source :Global.samsungtomorrow
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