Samsung releases the important security maintenance details about the Galaxy S8, S9, S10, S10e, S10 Plus, S10 5G, Note 9, Note 10 and Note 10 Plus.
The October security maintenance release includes patches from Google, which affect Galaxy 10 users as well as those with earlier devices from Samsung.
Additionally, there’s a bunch of vulnerabilities that specifically impact Galaxy S8/Note8 and Galaxy S9/Note9 smartphone users. Also, there’s one serious issue SVE-2019-15435, which affects both the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.
With around 30 million Galaxy S9 smartphones sold and another 10 million Galaxy Note 9 devices, that’s a potential 40 million users who need to take notice of this warning.
The only information that Samsung has published is as follows: “Enhancement in IMEI security mechanism is required for improved protection against potential IMEI manipulation.”
It has been suggested this relates to a method of circumventing the IMEI blacklist which prevents stolen devices from being easily resold. Check the official details below or follow the link here.
SVE-2019-15435: Security enhancement for IMEI
Affected Versions: S9 and Note9 devices
Reported on: May 2, 2019
Disclosure status: Privately disclosed.
Enhancement in IMEI security mechanism is required for improved protection against potential IMEI manipulation.
The patch improves IMEI protection via enhancement in IMEI security mechanism.
Some SVE items included in the Samsung Android Security Update cannot be disclosed at this time.