T-Mobile Galaxy Note II, Sprint Epic 4G Touch receiving updates to address Samsung Exynos exploitAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Remember that nasty Exynos exploit that was discovered last month? A few days after it was discovered, Samsung said that it was aware of the issue and that a patch was coming, and now we're starting to see that fix roll out to U.S. carrier-branded handsets. First up is the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is receiving a small 9MB update that will bring the device up to baseband version T889UVALL4 but leave it at Android 4.1.1. The update is rolling out over the air and is also available through Kies. Here's the brief changelog provided by T-Mobile:
Android version 4.1.1 / Baseband version T889UVALL4 - Current version
- Android version 4.1.1 / Baseband version T889UVALL4
- Updated 1/16/13
- Exynos and other security enhancements
- Various bug fixes
- T889UVALJ1 or T889UVALK8
- Device software is not rooted
- 50% battery life
- Data connection
- File size of update is 9 MB
Another Samsung handset being treated to a software update today is the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch on Sprint. This update is software version S:D710.10S.FL24 and includes the Sprint Connections Optimizer, which is a software tool that aims to help improve a device's battery life by automatically toggling a device's Wi-Fi and 4G radios on and off to connect to the network with the best coverage and speeds. The FL24 update also includes unnamed "Security updates," which is believed to include a fix for the aforementioned Exynos exploit.
While owners of products that are vulnerable to the Exynos exploit can increase their odds of avoiding the bug simply by being careful with what they download, it's still good to see that fixes are being rolled out to carrier-branded phones a few weeks after the exploit was discovered. It's not clear exactly when we'll we see the fix start getting pushed to other handsets, but hopefully it's sooner rather than later. We'll give you a shout once we hear about more updates being released. How many of you T-Mo Note II and Sprint EpTouch owners have already updated?