Samsung may have unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 last week, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t willing to support its older handsets. The Galaxy S6 Edge, which was launched last year, is now reportedly getting its August security update in India. The unlocked model of the Galaxy S6 Edge (G925I) is the one that is said to be receiving the new software, but now that the latest security update has gone live in one part of the world, it shouldn’t take too long for the patch to roll out globally. Although, there’s no telling when the carriers will roll out the latest update to the devices locked to their networks. Meanwhile, even as we’re getting reports of Samsung starting to roll out this critical security update for the Galaxy S6 Edge, there’s no word on whether the company has also started doing the same for the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge+.
While the complete details are hard to come by, the main point of interest seems to be the mention of a “critical security vulnerability” that will apparently be fixed up by the incoming software, which comes as a 63.16MB download and has the firmware version G925IDVS3EPH2. Other changes outlined by Samsung include the installation of an app called ‘Smart Manager’ and some other changes that will apparently improve general security and stability. Apart from that, there are a couple of minor feature additions as well, but nothing that seems to be of critical importance.
What the latest security update is expected to do is patch-up three of the four security vulnerabilities discovered by cyber-security firm, Check Point. Collectively known as ‘Quadrooter’, the vulnerabilities potentially affect up to 900 million Android devices running on Qualcomm chips, and can apparently be exploited by hackers to gain root access in Android devices remotely. That’s according to a presentation by Check Point’s chief of mobile security, Mr. Adam Donenfeld, at the annual Def Con hacker convention last Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Qualcomm has already issued a patch to fix the issue, Google has also announced that its August security update will patch-up three of the vulnerabilities for good, although, the fourth one will only be taken care of with next month’s security bulletin.