Samsung could soon release the March 2023 security patch to its smartphones and tablets as the company has finally detailed what its new security patch brings to the table. The company has published the details of its March 2023 security patch on its security-related webpage.
The March 2023 security patch from Samsung includes 39 security bug fixes released by Google. On top of those, Samsung has added 11 more fixes for security loopholes in Galaxy smartphones and tablets. That takes the total security fixes included in Samsung's March 2023 security patch to 50. Five fixes are critical, while 35 are marked ‘high.' Most of the Samsung-specific bug fixes are marked as ‘moderate' priority. Five bug fixes in the update are released by Google but don't apply to Galaxy devices.
Samsung's March 2023 security patch fixes 11 vulnerabilities found in Galaxy phones and tablets
Some security vulnerabilities in Galaxy smartphones and tablets include the decon driver-related issue that allows a hacker to create a memory access fault. It applies to devices using the Exynos 2100 processor and running Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13. Another vulnerability in the AutoPowerOnOffConfirmDialog function allowed hackers to turn off a Galaxy device remotely.
Improper authentication in the SecSettings function allowed hackers to reset Settings. Samsung has added proper authentication logic to stop that from happening. Improper access management in the PhoneStatusBarPolicy function in System UI in One UI allowed attackers to disable the Do Not Disturb mode remotely, but it has been fixed with the March 2023 security patch. Another vulnerability due to improper access control vulnerability in Bluetooth allowed hackers to send files without permission.
Path traversal vulnerability in the Galaxy Themes Service allowed attackers to access files with System UID. Before the March 2023 security patch, improper authorization implementation in phones using the Exynos chip allowed incorrect handling of unencrypted messages, but Samsung has fixed those issues. Security issues were also present in Samsung Keyboard, SoftSIM TA, and Bluetooth, which have now been fixed.
You can read more about other security fixes issued by Google on this website.