Serious Android security leak affected Samsung devices
Samsung and many other Android devices are at risk due to a major security leak. This security vulnerability has led to the creation of trusted malware apps that can access the entire Android operating system on these devices.
As per the new information, Google Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative (APVI) has openly revealed a new exposure that affected various Android devices from OEMs like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and more (via Mishaal Rahman).
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The company has also shared the reason why this happened. According to the report, many Android OEMs have leaked the signing keys of their platforms outside their respective companies, which has led to a security leak.
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Created by the device manufacturer, this signing key is used to ensure that your device’s Android version is a valid one. Meanwhile, one can also use the same key to sign different apps and this is what the hackers did.
The key’s design clears that Android trusts any app that is signed with the same key used to sign the operating system. With those app signing keys, a malicious attacker can easily use Android’s “shared user ID” system to grant malware full, system-level permissions on an affected device. In short, an attacker can get access to all the data available on any device.
It is worth mentioning that this Android security leak vulnerability not only appears when installing a new or unknown app, but already available system applications can also be affected by security.
As these leaked platform keys are also used to sign normal apps in some cases, an attacker could add malware to a trusted app, with the same key as a malicious version. can sign it, and Android will trust it as an “update”.
For example, the Samsung Bixby app, which comes pre-installed on Galaxy devices, can also direct to a security leak. This method will work whether an app originally came from Play Store, Galaxy Store, or was sideloaded.
Moreover, Google does not officially disclose which devices or OEMs were affected, but it does display hashes of example malware files. Helpfully, each file is uploaded to VirusTotal, which often also reveals the name of the company affected, which includes:
- szroco (makers of Walmart’s Onn tablets)
Samsung Galaxy S23 June 2023 Software Update: Everything we know so far
Samsung will rollout a major software update to the Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra in June 2023. Similar to hardware leaks, we get to know pretty much about the content of Samsung’s June 2023 software for the Galaxy S23 flagships.
According to rumors, Samsung June 2023 software update will not only bring the latest security patch to the Galaxy S23 lineup. There will be a lot of improvements and optimizations related to camera functionality and upgrades to the native application.
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Samsung insider IceUniverse revealed that the company has developed a 2x Portrait Mode for the Galaxy S23 Ultra. This mode pictures at 50-megapixel using the main 200-megapixel HP2 image sensor of the smartphone. It will benefit users who love taking portrait shots with depth effects.
- On June 3rd, Ice said after seeing a 2x portrait shot by S23 Ultra, that it has exceeded his expectations.
HDR vignetting is another severe problem, which often appears on select Galaxy S23 series units, which could be fixed with the next OTA. Meanwhile, the tipster has not directly claimed fixes for bananagate and photo blur-related issues on the Galaxy S23 and S23 Ultra.
In a recent development, the same source revealed yet another change, which is included in the June firmware. The company will be bringing updates to the video calling function as part of quality improvements for using third-party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram.
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Samsung Galaxy S23 June 2023 Software Update
- 2x cropping at 50-megapixel for Portrait mode
- HDR bounce/vignetting
- Camera performance increment
- Clear video calling through third-party apps
- Bananagate/blur issue – Uncertain
- June 2023 security patch
- AI mode guides – Uncertain
Samsung could start rolling out the next big camera-centric firmware to the Galaxy S23 series between May 29 and June 5th. The availability is expected to expand further gradually, with the India release speculated between May 31st and June 7th.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 2x portrait camera delivers good results: Tipster
Samsung will release a big firmware update to the Galaxy S23 smartphones this month. Along with a number of bug fixes, the June 2023 update will come with a new 2x portrait camera mode for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, which delivers good results.
According to tipster IceUniverse, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra running June 2023 firmware delivers good results with a 2x portrait camera. The source claimed that he has seen a sample shot, which showed good performance, and exceeded his expectations.
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It has been reported that Samsung will make use of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200-megapixel image sensor. For 2x cropping in portrait mode, the sensor will be utilized as a 50-megapixel camera to deliver better details and depth effects compared to the current 3x mode.
The company is preparing to begin the software update rollout to consumers. As June begins, Samsung Galaxy phones will start getting the latest firmware with newer security patches, and additional enhancements to functions such as Camera.
Blurry close-ups acknowledged
Samsung has recently confirmed that the company is aware of blurry close-ups issues on select Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus smartphones. The moderator revealed that a future software update will fix the problem, until then, users can try these steps as a temporary solution.
Samsung Galaxy will bring new innovations to consumers constantly: TM Roh
Last month, TM Roh, President and CEO of MX (Mobile Experience) division of Samsung had a session to share about the context of the mobile industry. He cited, continuously innovating and creating unique experiences is key to strengthening Samsung’s leadership position.
TM Roh said that the positive global sales of the Galaxy S23 series were achieved through a combination of several new mobile innovations developed based on user feedback. The lineup’s advanced camera features such as Nightography, smooth gaming, and One UI software are the key players.
“We will bring new innovations to consumers constantly. The entire smartphone and mobile industry will continue to grow and grow in the future,” said TM Roh.
The top Samsung executive believes that Galaxy consumers are putting reliability first in their must-haves more than ever. They are looking for more reliable products, reputable brands, and premium products that deliver a great experience.
Leading the mobile market:
- Premium quality
- Creating New Experiences and Possibilities
- Galaxy: Accessible to everyone
Dr. TM Roh further highlighted: “The business goal at Samsung Electronics Mobile Experience (MX) division is to deliver great experiences through different product segments that meet the needs of current and existing consumers and future”.
The company offers Galaxy S series devices and foldable devices to consumers looking for a premium smartphone. For consumers looking for more affordable devices and still want a 5 G-connected mobile experience, Samsung has the Galaxy A series.
Mr. TM Roh believes that the mobile market still has a lot of innovation potential in many aspects. Shape innovations, like folding phones, will enrich the entire ecosystem, spur the development of third-party apps and new user experiences, and continue to redefine the boundaries of what is possible on mobile devices.
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