Samsung recently announced its new security update process for Android that will provide up-to-date protection from mobile security vulnerabilities. The company is promising regular over-the-air security patches “about once per month.”
In their announcement, the world’s largest smartphone maker made mention of Stagefright, an Android vulnerability revealed last week that affected approximately 95 percent of devices running Google’s operating system. The hole in security had the potential to allow a hacker to remotely access a user’s Android smartphone using only their telephone number.
Samsung stated they worked with carriers to provide security patches to Galaxy devices affected by Stagefright. The South Korean company is addressing the importance of quickly remedying major vulnerabilities and, therefore, is turning this process into a “timely security update practice.”
“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a timely manner,” said Dong Jin Koh, executive vice president and head of Samsung Mobile R&D. “Because bugs in software are constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical in keeping our customers protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security and best mobile experience possible of our devices.”
While Samsung has yet to share a date for these updates to begin, they are currently in talks with carriers and partners, and expect to release timelines for specific models in the near future.