The Samsung November 2018 patch is now official. Samsung normally details the patch prior to rolling out the security updates. The patch has actually been out for some devices since two weeks. Samsung rolling out a patch weeks before its detailed is rare.
The Galaxy J7 Prime was the first device to get the November 2018 security patch. The Galaxy Tab 2 Active, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) and the Galaxy A3 (2017) have all received it. All of these devices received the latest security patch before today.
Samsung November 2018 security patch detailed
The Samsung November 2018 security patch brings fixes for 11 critical vulnerabilities discovered in the Android operating system. It also has fixes for almost two dozen high and moderate-risk vulnerabilities combined.
The most severe Android OS vulnerability fixed in this patch would have enabled an attacker to use a special file to execute arbitrary code. The latest security maintenance release also brings fixes for 8 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items. This update fixes the notification leak issue. The lack of appropriate handling in “standalone DeX’ mode enabled unauthenticated users to see incoming notifications and their contents even if the device was locked and configured to hide lock screen content.
Samsung will now begin rolling out the November 2018 security patch to compatible devices. We have seen the company improve its pace with last month’s patch so here’s to hoping that it will be quick to roll out the November 2018 patch to compatible devices as well. Mid-range devices are usually the first to receive new patches before the flagships get them.