Samsung has recently released its updated security bulletin, which details the exact changes that come with the August 2021 security patch for Galaxy devices. The company’s latest security update brings fixes for dozens of vulnerabilities and exploits for enhanced system stability.
According to the South Korean tech giant, the August 2021 security patch update includes fixes for 38 CVEs in which 3 are critical, 23 are high, 9 are moderate, 1 already included in previous updates, and 3 do not apply to Samsung devices.
In addition to the above-mentioned fixes for Android OS from Google, Samsung also added fixes for 8 SVEs specifically for Galaxy devices. You can see the latest August 2021 security patch CVEs fixes below, followed by SVEs fixes.
August 2021 Security Patch
CVE-2021-1931, CVE-2021-1940, CVE-2021-1953, CVE-2021-1943, CVE-2021-1964, CVE-2021-1907, CVE-2021-1955, CVE-2021-1945, CVE-2021-1970, CVE-2021-1954, CVE-2020-0368, CVE-2021-0514, CVE-2021-0515, CVE-2021-0603, CVE-2021-0640, CVE-2021-0645, CVE-2021-0646, CVE-2021-0519, CVE-2021-0591, CVE-2021-0593, CVE-2021-0584, CVE-2021-0641, CVE-2021-0642
CVE-2021-0555, CVE-2020-1971, CVE-2021-0567, CVE-2021-0570, CVE-2021-0572, CVE-2021-0557, CVE-2021-0558, CVE-2021-0559, CVE-2021-0561
Already included in previous updates
Not applicable to Samsung devices
CVE-2020-11307, CVE-2021-0577, CVE-2021-0550
As said already, Samsung offers 8 SVE items described below in order to increase Galaxy device owners’ confidence on security of Samsung mobile phones. Samsung security index (SSI), found in “Security software version”, SMR August-2021 Release 1 includes all patches from Samsung and Google
SVE-2021-20831 (CVE-2021-25443): UAF in conn_gadget driver
Affected versions: O(8.1), P(9.0), Q(10.0), R(11.0)
Reported on: February 26, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
A use after free vulnerability in conn_gadget driver prior to SMR AUG-2021 Release 1 allows malicious action by an attacker.
The patch adds proper check logic to prevent use after free.
SVE-2021-21948 (CVE-2021-25444): IV reuse in Keymaster TA
Affected versions: O(8.1), P(9.0), Q(10.0)
Reported on: May 25, 2021
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
An IV reuse vulnerability in keymaster prior to SMR AUG-2021 Release 1 allows decryption of custom keyblob with privileged process.
The patch prevents reusing IV by blocking addition of custom IV.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Android 13 update is expanding in the US [One UI 5]
Last week, Samsung released the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 stable update for the Verizon-locked models of the Galaxy S21 FE smartphones in the US. This big update is now expanding to US Cellular network users.
While Samsung has begun dispatching the December 2022 Android security patch to its customers, the major Android 13 update to Galaxy S21 FE comes with the November 2022 patch for security enhancements.
Furthermore, the Korean company is releasing this software update with One UI build version G990USQU4DVK5 for US Cellular customers. It’s expected to expand to other carrier network customers very soon.
Galaxy S21 FE Android 13 One UI 5.0:
While the Google Android 13 installs a bunch of new features to Galaxy S21 FE, Samsung’s One UI 5.0 brings plenty of customization options, a new user interface, bolder app icons, smoother animations, and faster performance.
Some top-listed new features include 16 Color palette options, Notification permissions, Extract text from images, Stack widgets, Camera watermark, LockStar-like lock screen customization options, Per-app language, the ability to turn off RAM Plus, and much more.
In addition, the company adds four new accessibility toggles to the Quick settings panel, three new Settings menus: Connected devices, Modes and Routines, Security and Privacy, three new Good Lock modules, etc.
- There’s much more to know about the update, check the complete official changelog.
Samsung Galaxy A90 is being served with December 2022 security patch
Samsung has begun rolling out its latest December 2022 Android security patch update to a three-year-old Galaxy A90 smartphone. This update slightly improves the device’s performance as well as fixed over five dozen security and privacy-related vulnerabilities.
As per the official support page, this update addresses five critical, sixty high, and two moderate levels of CVEs along with thirteen SVEs from Google and Samsung in order to provide customers more confidence toward their phone’s security.
In addition to these, the Samsung Galaxy A90 December 2022 security patch further improved the stability of your phone to deliver a seamless user experience and optimizes the security to keep your files and data safe on your phone.
Moreover, this update is rolling out in Australia and New Zealand at present time and will reach more users in the coming time. As of now, users can identify it through One UI build version A908BXXS5EVK4.
Meanwhile, to get access to it, simply head over to Settings >> Software update >> Download and install.
Samsung’s new update for Galaxy S10 improves camera, stability
Samsung starts rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S10 series smartphones. The latest Galaxy S10 s/w update includes November 2022 security patch, and improvements for camera, stability, reliability, and security.
According to Samsung’s support page, the Galaxy S10 November 2022 patch update also brings camera stability improvements. Moreover, the changelog lists stability and reliability enhancements for the device’s behavior.
Adding to this, the new November 2022 security patch is included in the package which ensures your Galaxy S10 series device stays secure against threats, bugs, and CVEs discovered over the past few months.
Users can identify the update via build versions: G970FXXUGHVK1, G973FXXUGHVK1, and G975FXXUGHVK1 for the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, respectively.
Since the update deployment has just begun in Germany, the Korean tech giant may expand the availability to more European markets shortly. We guess this OTA update would be available for S10 smartphone users worldwide.
- The stability has been improved.
Stability and reliability
- Device behavior has been improved.
- The device is protected with improved security.
S23 will be a worthy upgrade
Next year, Samsung’s going to unveil the Galaxy S23 series flagships, with only a Snapdragon processor, a new power-efficient display, an upgraded camera system, and a lot more. In case you are wondering to upgrade your Galaxy this time, the Galaxy S23 will be a worthy upgrade.