It has taken longer than usual this month, but Samsung has finally detailed the October security patch that will be rolling out to Galaxy devices in the next few weeks. The patch brings fixes for four critical vulnerabilities that were discovered in Android OS, along with fixes for 17 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items, which are vulnerabilities that are specific to Galaxy devices.
Oddly, neither Google nor Samsung say anything in their respective October security details about the serious vulnerability in Android OS that the October patch is supposed to fix. The vulnerability in question has been confirmed to affect 18 phone models from various manufacturers, and Samsung devices included in that list are the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S9. It’s possible Google and Samsung aren’t mentioning the exploit because it only affects specific devices, but at this time we can’t be sure if a fix is included in the October patch Samsung is rolling out.
October security update already out for at least 10 Galaxy devices
We can only assume it is, considering how quickly Samsung has been rolling out the October security update. At least 10 Galaxy devices, including flagships like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy Note 9, have already received the October patch, and more are likely to follow soon. As usual, we will be sure to let you know every time Samsung sends out an update with the October patch for various Galaxy phones and tablets.
For further details on the October patch, check out Samsung’s official security bulletin.