“This update comes just before the official Android 9 Pie rollout and fixes several vulnerabilities including four found in Samsung’s own software”
Samsung has started rolling out the January security patch for Galaxy Note 8 (review) users running the stable Android Oreo build. The smartphone recently got included in the One UI based Android 9 Pie beta program, however the final build of that isn’t expected to arrive on the handset until February. The Android January security patch on the other hand, has been rolling out over the past few weeks for a number of Samsung smartphones, which now includes the Galaxy Note 8.
The firmware version being rolled out by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 8 is signed as N950FXXU5CSA5 in the Brazilian market, whereas the patch being released by Verizon in the United States carries the firmware version N950USQS5CRL1. Users owning the unlocked version of the smartphone will receive the maintenance update via firmware version N950U1UES5CSA1. The latest security patch fixes three critical vulnerabilities and several high-risk vulnerabilities in addition to four found in Samsung’s own software. One of which includes the interruption of the user’s access to data over WiFi.
This patch was first released as part of One UI Android Pie beta program early this month and with its rollout on the Galaxy Note 8, we expect the Android 9-based One UI final build to also roll out very soon.