Highlights

  • CERT-In issues warning for Samsung Galaxy.
  • Affects Android versions 11-14.
  • Update security patches, use auto-updates.

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High-risk vulnerabilities found in Samsung Galaxy S23, Flip 5, Fold 5: govt orders urgent software update

India's Computer Emergency Response Team, known as CERT-In, has issued a serious warning for users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. This warning is about certain Android vulnerability issues found in Samsung's Android versions 11, 12, 13, and 14. These vulnerabilities are considered high-risk.

What's Happening?

Researchers have discovered several security flaws in these versions of the Android operating system. These flaws can let hackers break through security barriers, access sensitive data, and even run unauthorized code on devices. To fix these problems, Samsung released a security patch in December.

High-Risk Flaws Uncovered

The flaws found are quite serious. They can let hackers do things like send unauthorized broadcasts, mess with memory on the phone, access SIM card details, read private emoji data, get around Knox Guard security, access files without permission, steal sensitive information, run harmful code, and generally put the targeted device at risk.

Affected Samsung Galaxy Models

Specifically, the latest models of Samsung Galaxy, running on Android versions 11, 12, 13, and 14, are at risk. This includes models like the Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy Flip 5, and Galaxy Fold 5.

How to Protect Your Device

CERT-In suggests a few steps to keep your device safe:

  1. Update to Latest Security Patch: Always make sure your device has the latest security updates. You can check for updates in the Settings menu under Software Updates.
  2. Avoid Unknown Sources: Don't interact with unknown sources or download apps from places other than the official app store if you have an affected Galaxy device.
  3. Google Play Store Auto-Updates: Keep your apps updated. Turn on the auto-update feature in the Google Play Store to do this automatically.
  4. Don't Install Apps from Untrusted Sources: Avoid downloading apps from anywhere that's not well-known or trustworthy.
  5. Beware of Suspicious Links: Don't click on links in emails or messages from people you don't know. These could be attempts to steal your personal information.

Wrap Up

If you use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, especially one with Android versions 11, 12, 13, or 14, you should be extra careful. Following the CERT-In warning and taking the recommended precautions can significantly lower the risks associated with these Android security flaws and Samsung Galaxy vulnerabilities.

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