February 2018 security patch for Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 (2017)
Samsung has disclosed the February 2018 security patch for supported devices two weeks ago and the release is yet to make progress. Samsung had first released the latest security patch for the Galaxy Xcover 4 while the Galaxy A5 (2017) received its security patch five days ago. Samsung has now started rolling out the February 2018 security patch for the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 (2017).
The February 2018 security patch brings with it fixes for six critical vulnerabilities that can be found in the Android operating system and fixes for dozens of high-risk and moderate-risk vulnerabilities. This also has fixes for the 16 Samsung Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items that were found in the company’s own software. Google in the latest security bulletin has patched the most severe issue that could enable a remote attacker to use a specially crafted file to execute unauthorized code within the context of a privileged process in the Media framework.
If you didn’t get the January 2018 security patch yet, the February patch also confines in it fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities which were discovered recently. Owners of Galaxy A5 (2017) can now see if the update is available for their device by opening the phone’s settings, choosing Software update, then tapping on the download updates manually option. The firmware is also available, you can download the firmware and use a PC to flash it on your phone.
As mentioned the company is now rolling out the February 2018 security patch for the Galaxy J7 (SM-J727U) in the United States And the firmware version J727UUEU3ARB1 is now available for download. Also, the Galaxy J5 (2017) has received the latest security maintenance release. Samsung has released firmware version J530FXXU2ARB2M for the handset in France which is also available for download.
It’s likely that we’ll see Samsung pick up speed with these rollouts with the month of February 2018 coming to an end.