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The situation is a bit confusing now because Samsung has likely already provided the necessary patches to take care of the infamous BlueBorne vulnerability, but an app on the Play Store which checks your device to see if it is still vulnerable is clearly showing that the Note 8 is not yet safe. Why is this happening you may ask? The answer is quite simple really! Samsung patched the BlueBorne security gap on their own with the August patch itself, while the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app only marks Android phones with the September patch as "safe."


As you can imagine, this should actually be an epic win for Samsung, but as fate would have it, the Note 8 is receiving negative publicity because of it! The truth is that Samsung managed to patch a major flaw in the OS even before Google did it and that deserves some applause! The bottom line is that if you own a Galaxy Note 8, you should rest easy because as far as the software side is concerned, Samsung has you covered for now. Given my recent experience, I am not so sure about the hardware part though!


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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



By now, anyone who is even mildly concerned with his/her smartphone's security, knows about the infamous BlueBorne attack and thankfully, Samsung has patched it on all its major handsets. In fact, Samsung had patched it with the August SMR even before Google released the official BlueBorne patch along with the September security update. Unfortunately, it had led many users to falsely believe that the new Note 8 was susceptible to the attack because it didn't have the September security update.


Now Verizon has also released the necessary patch to protect the Galaxy Note 4 against the BlueBorne threat with firmware version N910VVRU2CQI2, which will arrive on the handset via OTA. This also contains all other necessary security patches to keep the aging Note 4 safe from external threats. Just in case you are not aware what the BlueBorne threat is, know that it is a Bluetooth based hack which allows hackers to take control of any device with remote code execution via Bluetooth. Once the hacker gains access to the device, they can basically do anything from installing damaging codes to stealing private data stored on the smartphone.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The latest and greatest threat to Android, Widows and iOS user security is the infamous BlueBorne vulnerability. It basically enables hackers to take control of your smartphone through remote code installation via a Bluetooth connection. Once the malicious codes are installed, everything on your phone is at risk. Samsung had been dealing with this problem quite efficiently though and has patched the vulnerability on most of its newer (and some older) devices. It's time for the Galaxy A5 (2017) to receive the same treatment as well because as you read this, the BlueBorne patch is probably waiting for your A5 (2017).


The update firmware comes in version A520FXXU2BQIE, at a file size of 76MB and once you download and install the files, BlueBorne will no longer be a bother for your device. However, Samsung has not yet released this month's security patch for any of its devices yet. Given that it's already September 27, I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to just roll out the October security patch early next month and skipped the September patch altogether.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Samsung has not been able to roll out the security patch for September yet for some reason, but they have been rolling out the BlueBorne patch for all its devices sincerely. One would think that the S8 and the S8+ would be higher on the priority list, but Samsung rolled out the patch to a lot of other older and less premium handsets first. That is not necessarily a bad thing though and at the end of it all, the good news is that the patches for the S8 and the S8+ are finally here after all.


The update is a huge one at almost half a gigabyte (476.63MB) and as of now it's only rolling out in the European region (Netherlands mainly). Alongside patching the infamous BlueBorne bug, it also brings improvements to wireless charging and the navigation bar apparently.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The BlueBorne security threat had been bugging Android, iOS and Windows devices for quite a while now but full marks must be given to Samsung because they had been patching their old and new handsets against the vulnerability even before it became public knowledge. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were slightly late to the party because less premium handsets had been given the necessary security update before them. Nevertheless, the two flagship smartphones had started to receive their security patches in the last few days in Europe and now the same update has also reached India.


The update will come in at 476.55MB and should carry the build number G955FXXU1AQI7 with it. In case you are wondering, this OTA package does not include the September security update from Google in it, which means that Samsung will likely skip it and move straight to pushing out the October security update later in October. We recommend downloading and installing the update as soon as possible because the BlueBorne security threat is a serious issue that can leave your phone vulnerable to attacks from any hacker with the knowhow as long as the Bluetooth on your handset is active.


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After patching quite a few other models, Samsung has now turned its attention to the flagship handsets from the year 2015; the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. If you live in the European region, your S6 or S6 Edge should be prompted for an OTA update soon enough. If you have the regular S6, the build version should be G920FXXU5EQI6, while if you have the S6 Edge, you should see build number G925FXXU5EQI6 making its way onto your smartphone.


Just like all the other BlueBorne patches released by Samsung so far, this one doesn't have the September patch from Google either. This essentially means that Samsung has actually skipped the September patch altogether in favor of rolling out the BlueBorne security update. We will now have to wait for the October update to arrive for all Samsung devices.


Just in case you are not aware what BlueBorne is, know that it is the latest hack that's threatening security across all the three major platforms; Android, iOS and Windows. All it needs is a Bluetooth connection (not even permission to connect is required) and hackers can access your device and all data in it. Better download the update fast!


Head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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