News arrived last month of a potentially serious hole in how Exynos-based Android handsets let apps access system memory, giving them essentially free rein. Samsung responded to the discovery within a matter of days, promising software updates to correct the situation with affected devices “as quickly as possible”. Now, less than a month later, we’re beginning to see some of those updates arrive for Samsung users in the States.
Samsung already got the ball rolling on this a couple weeks back, when users in the UK started receiving fixes for their Galaxy S III handsets. Now that we’re seeing it begin to appear in the US, it feels like Samsung is really picking up the pace at getting this fix out there.
Updates are on their way to both the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile, as well as the old Epic 4G Touch for Sprint. Both updates begin distribution today, though Sprint notes that the nature of its phased releases may mean it could take up to 30 days for users to see their updates show up.
We’re happy to see these updates arrive, but Samsung still has a long way to go if it intends to get this bug patched on every vulnerable smartphone in its lineup.