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Google says a severe One UI threat exposed some Samsung phones data

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Google has disclosed that a severe One UI threat has exposed data of some Samsung phones. The company’s Project Zero team revealed details of three Samsung phone zero-day security vulnerabilities that are exploited by a spyware vendor.

The vulnerabilities that were found in One UI software were used as part of an exploit series to target Samsung phones running Android. These chained exposures allow an attacker to gain kernel source codes of Galaxy smartphones and eventually expose their data.

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The Google Project Zero security team further says that the hacker targets Samsung phones that feature an Exynos chip running a specific kernel version. Mostly, Galaxy phones with Exynos chips are available across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, which are likely surveillance targets.

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The US tech giant also revealed the names of Samsung phones whose kernel is currently affected and whose data may be exposed. These devices include Galaxy S10, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy A51.

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According to the information, the issues are already fixed. The vulnerabilities were exploited by an Android application that tricked some users into installing them without using the Google App Store.

The malicious app, as it is described earlier, allows attackers to break out of the application’s sandbox, which is specifically designed to secure access to the activity and the device’s operating system.

The first vulnerability in this chain (CVE-2021-25337) is the arbitrary file read and write, which was the foundation of this chain, used four different times, and used at least once in each step.

The second vulnerability (CVE-2021-25369) used by the chain is an information leak to leak the address of the task_struct and sys_call_table. Meanwhile, the final vulnerability in the chain (CVE-2021-25370) is a use-after-free of a file struct in the Display and Enhancement Controller (DECON) Samsung driver for the Display Processing Unit (DPU).

Furthermore, Google reported these vulnerabilities to Samsung in late 2020, when it received samples of the exploit. Whereas, the Korean company released the patch in March 2021.

Project Zero also reported that Samsung’s advisory still doesn’t mention wild exploits of these vulnerabilities, but it has promised to alert customers if malicious exploits are detected in the future.

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Samsung is moving forward to finish Android 13 update rollout by 2022

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Apple is the biggest rival of Samsung in the global smartphone market. Since the South Korean tech giant owns the crown of the global market leader, Apple still defeats Samsung when it comes to software update deployment for mobile products.

Back in June, Apple started Beta testing and released the Stable iOS 16 update for iPhone 8 and later on September 12, 2022. If we talk about Android, Google rolled out the final version of Android 13 to all compatible Pixel phones on August 15.

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On the flip side, Samsung follows a staged update distribution method to deliver new software updates to Galaxy devices. There are millions of Galaxy devices (phones and tablets) globally, while Apple and Google phones are comparatively fewer.

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Still, Samsung is doing better

The above part of this story was brief info about Samsung’s rivals in terms of software update distribution. Well, in 2022, Samsung managed to greatly reduce the Android OS release delay for Galaxy devices and the rollout for flagships somewhat matches Google and Apple.

On October 24, Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S22 series with Android 13, followed by Galaxy S21, S20, and Note 20 series on November 7. Since then, the company is rapidly spreading the new One UI 5.0 software among more and more eligible Galaxy models including FE, A, M, Tab, XCover and F lineups.

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For consumers in Germany, Samsung promised to bring Andorid 13 update for Galaxy flagships in November 2022, which they did. However, the company is running quite ahead of its schedule as models planned to upgrade in January are already receiving the One UI 5 update.

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At present, just a handful of Galaxy phones and tablets remain for the Stable Android 13 update, while other eligible models have started getting it, worldwide. Since the availability varies by market and carrier, it would not take more than a month for the wide rollout.

Over the past two days, the entry-level Galaxy A13 and Galaxy M13 smartphones have received a major firmware update, showing how Samsung greatly managed to deploy the Android 13. Seeing this, we can assume that the remaining Galaxies may also receive the One UI 5 update by this month.

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Here’s how Samsung’s SmartThings wireless charging station looks!

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For a long time, we have been hearing about Samsung’s upcoming wireless charging hub. Now the first pictures of this Samsung SmartThings wireless charging station along with some specifications have surfaced through FCC.

In the picture, the SmartThings charging pad is strapped to the test bench. The design details are a bit difficult to see in the FCC image due to the overlay of the geometry for radiation patterns. However, we can see that the new SmartThings station has a rectangular shape with rounded corners.

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It looks like both the front and the back is made of glossy black material. And, if you look carefully, you will see a tiny ridge in the middle of the device. It might be indicating that one part of the front is a bit higher than another one.

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The FCC listing further reveals some of the specifications of the device. According to the listing, the upcoming Samsung SmartThings Wireless Charging Station features Zigbee, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi support, as well as wireless power transfer.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth seem quite different as we don’t usually need them on a wireless charger. This thing might have some other unique features. Maybe, the device could also allow users to monitor the charging status or turn it on/off through their Galaxy devices using the SmartThings app.

We should wait and see what exactly Samsung wants to introduce with the new charging station. Well, the company is suggested to launch this device around the same time period as the Galaxy S23 series.

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Intel CEO could soon meet Samsung Lee for further partnerships

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Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel Corporation is reportedly starting his South Korea trip on Friday. This sudden trip indicates that Intel CEO is expected to meet Samsung Chairman Lee Jae-yong to discuss cooperation and further partnerships.

According to KoreaHerald sources, Pat Gelsinger could start his trip to South Korea this Friday. Most likely, he will be meeting with Samsung’s newly elected Chairman Lee for a discussion on strengthening partnerships. However, there’s no confirmed information regarding the detailed schedule and the list of people he will meet.

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Apart from Samsung Boss, Intel CEO is likely to have meetings with other Korean businesses including SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Chairman Chung Euisun and LG Group Chairman Koo Gwang-mo.

Since Samsung and Intel are tough competitors in the global chipset market, they are also essential partners for elements and technology. Intel is the world’s leader which makes central processing units, while Samsung creates cutting-edge memory chip, which is also an integral part of CPU.

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