It’s the monthly firmware update for the various Samsung mobile phones and the ones currently receiving them in different geographies are the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4. The Samsung Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4 are receiving the December month updates from the manufacturer. Galaxy Note 8 users with Verizon accounts are meanwhile receiving the updates jointly from the carrier as well as Samsung.
Firmware Updates for Samsung Galaxy J6+ and Galaxy J4
The update version put out for users in Asia, particularly in Sri Lanka and Nepal for the users of Samsung Galaxy J6+ is J610FXXU1ARL1. This update is meant for the devices running on the Android Oreo version 8.1. Its an over the air update and can take a little while before all device users receive it on their smartphones.
The other major firmware update is for the Samsung Galaxy J4 and the December 2018 security patch update J400FPUU2ARK6 is being rolled out in Russia. Again, users will have to wait till they are notified on their phones that an update is available. The alternate way is to keep checking in the phone’s Settings if a software update is ready for installation. One can download the firmware updates manually as well.
These updates are being viewed as quite significant since there were certain vulnerabilities reported in two specific apps, the Secure Folder app and the Gallery app, where unauthenticated access was being allowed.
Security Update for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Back home in the US, meanwhile, Samsung has released the December 2018 monthly update version N950USQS5CRK1 for the Verizon users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This is seen as a departure from the past as those holding unlocked devices always used to receive their updates first and the carrier models only later. This time this has been reversed and Verizon customers must be feeling good about it.
In terms of the vulnerabilities being tackled though this update, six critical vulnerabilities in the Android OS and 40 Samsung-specific vulnerabilities are mentioned as the targets. All these updates are regularly sent over the air and users have to await the notifications on their phones.
Security patches are always very critical for all connected devices since all newly detected vulnerabilities in the hardware and software after the last update are addressed in them.