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Modem vulnerability could let hackers listen to your calls on millions of Android phones

Modem vulnerability could let hackers listen to your calls on millions of Android phones

Google and other Android manufacturers try to keep on top of the hardware and software security, at varying degrees of intensity. But a vulnerability in widely-used Qualcomm SoCs disclosed by Check Point Research today was particularly alarming. It could theoretically allow a malicious app to patch the software for Qualcomm's MSM modem chips, giving it access to call and text history or even the ability to record conversations.

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OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro get March security patch in OxygenOS 11.0.0.2

OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro get March security patch in OxygenOS 11.0.0.2

Late last month OnePlus updated its most recent phones to OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11. As is common with major updates, a few bugs were found. According to its active user forum, OnePlus is now rolling out the 11.0.0.2 hotfix for the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro, along with a security update.

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Samsung rolling out February security patch to Galaxy S9 outside the US

Samsung rolling out February security patch to Galaxy S9 outside the US

Even though each Android security update has a specific month in the name, the patches are usually provided to manufacturers a week or two in advance, so phone makers can have the system upgrades ready in time (or not). Samsung has been known to pull the switch before the first day of a given month, and that's happening again for the February 2021 patches.

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January 2021 security patch rolling out to Verizon Galaxy A51 and A71

January 2021 security patch rolling out to Verizon Galaxy A51 and A71

Samsung is continuing the US rollout of the January 2021 security patch with the T-Mobile S20 series and the S10 5G as well as the Verizon Galaxy Tab S7 5G. The changelog doesn't mention anything other than the bump to January's patch, so don't expect any new features.

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Samsung is already rolling out December's security patch to One UI 3 beta testers

Samsung is already rolling out December's security patch to One UI 3 beta testers

Samsung has never been super speedy with major Android OS upgrades, but the company has been blazing new trails with its security patch releases recently, often beating Google itself to the punch. We're still in the middle of November, but Samsung is already rolling out next month's December security patches to certain devices enrolled in the One UI 3 beta.

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November security patch already rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

November security patch already rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

While not historically speedy with major software updates, Samsung has been really good about issuing security patches lately. October isn't even over yet, and the company is already rolling out the November security patch, starting with the Galaxy Z Fold2.

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Samsung is now rolling out the September security patch to multiple T-Mobile phones

Samsung is now rolling out the September security patch to multiple T-Mobile phones

Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company is continuing to update its lineup of phones from the past few years, starting with the Exynos Galaxy Note9.

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Samsung retires the Galaxy Note8 from receiving monthly security updates

Samsung retires the Galaxy Note8 from receiving monthly security updates

Samsung releases a lot of devices, which means it also issues a lot of security updates. While Google has a standard 3-year policy for Pixel devices, Samsung keeps a running list of when specific devices will receive security patches, and for how long. Now it looks like the company has made a few updates, including adding new devices to the list and dropping one older model entirely.

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OnePlus 8 5G UW on Verizon joins OP 8 and 8 Pro in picking up August security patch

OnePlus 8 5G UW on Verizon joins OP 8 and 8 Pro in picking up August security patch

Oxygen OS is up for some big changes once its Android 11 build goes stable, but that doesn't stop OnePlus from getting out more updates to its current Android 10-based software. As such, the company released the latest Oxygen OS builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro a little earlier this month (ranging from version 10.5.10 to 10.5.13 depending on model and region), and is following up now with the latest update for the OnePlus 8 5G UW on Verizon.

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The AT&T Galaxy Note9 is receiving the July security patch

The AT&T Galaxy Note9 is receiving the July security patch

Shortly after the Galaxy S20 series started receiving the July security patch in Korea and Europe, all kinds of unlocked US Galaxy phones started receiving it, too, as 9to5Google and Redditors reported. And now, the update is also available on the Galaxy Note9 on AT&T.

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