Samsung is working to eliminate several vulnerabilities that could potentially allow hackers to not only spy on smartphone users, but in some cases take full control of mobile devices.
Security flaws have been discovered by Oversecured founder Sergey Toshin. According to him, a dozen, more precisely, “more than a dozen” vulnerabilities of different levels have been found.
Some loopholes allow the interception of SMS messages (by prompting the user to certain actions), others are much more invisible and more dangerous and do not require any action on the part of the victim. Using them, hackers can get all kinds of permissions on the device and read / write files.
Due to the severity of the vulnerabilities and the fact that it will take Samsung up to two months to fix them, no details of the software flaws have been reported. We don’t even know which devices and operating system versions are at risk. According to reports, some of the vulnerabilities exist in applications that come with out-of-the-box devices; which are not necessary for the proper functioning of Android.
In some cases, third-party applications may gain administrator rights on the device, at the cost of removing all other programs. This particular bug (number CVE-2021-25356) already had a fix in April of this year and concerns the Managed Provisioning application.
In general, users need to update their smartphone firmware regularly. They can easily check the availability of new versions in the device settings.
Samsung to unveil 5G and 6G advancements in two weeks
On June 22, Samsung will host an event on 5G technology. It is possible that in the course of its unfolding, a statement will take place on the next sixth generation cellular communication.
Although the event was initially aimed at new solutions in the field of 5G; according to some reports, Samsung could also introduce 6G; a technology developed by the company for a long time. “At the event, Samsung Electronics will demonstrate its leadership in the evolution of next generation networks,” said Samsung.
In 2018, Samsung Electronics chief Lee Jae-yong chose 5G as one of the top four drivers for future growth and pledged to invest around $ 22.5 billion in industry development over the course of the next three years. Samsung hoped to occupy 20% of the global 5G market. According to Dell’Oro group analysts, in 2020 the relevant technology market; the company was in seventh place with a 2% share; it entered the 5G market quite late, which was already dominated by Huawei, Nokia, Ericsson and ZTE.
At the same time, the company was preparing for the development of 6G technologies. In May 2019, Samsung commissioned the Advanced Communications Research Center to tackle this issue. It works on 5G and 6G services with universities and research centers in Korea and abroad. Last July, the documentation talks about the implementation of the new standard – 6G: The Next Hyper-Connected Experience.