Samsung Promises Faster Android Security Updates

Samsung Promises Faster Android Security Updates
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The average user doesn’t give much thought to mobile operating system security, but with the number of threats increasing every day, the likes of Samsung and Apple are paying a lot more attention. The former even announced recently that it would be dramatically improving its Android update process to respond faster to vulnerabilities.

This post was originally published on Gizmodo Australia.

It was the potency — and surprisingly simplicity — of the Stagefright exploit that proved the final straw, according to a post on Samsung’s official blog.

After deploying a “fast tracked security update” to nip Stagefright in the bud on the company’s Galaxy range of devices, Samsung has plans to speed up its update process so it can more promptly handle critical issues in the future:

“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users,” said Dong Jin Koh, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Research and Development Office, IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics.

Sounds like a positive move, no matter how you cut it. Really, we could all take a page from Nick Frost’s character in Black Books and remember the three “S”s.

Samsung Announces an Android Security Update Process to Ensure Timely Protection from Security Vulnerabilities [Samsung Tomorrow, via Sammy Hub]