Samsung is rolling out the December 2022 Android security patch to Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 in the US. The rollout started recently, just days after the international release. This month’s security updates fix 80 vulnerabilities.
As of this writing, the December SMR (Security Maintenance Release) is available for users with a carrier-locked Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Galaxy Z Flip 3 in the US. This update has been published on the Xfinity Mobile and Comcast networks. The new firmware versions for the two foldable devices are F926USQS2EVK7 and F711USQS3EVK7 respectively. Samsung should soon expand the release to other carrier networks to cover unlocked units of the folding duo in 2021 as well.
This release will not bring any new features or improvements to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. The device recently picked up the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update with a ton of features, so it makes sense. Samsung is now seeding the foldable duo with the latest vulnerability fixes. Many fixes are included here. His SMR in December is his one of the largest monthly security releases in recent memory for the Korean company.
As usual with these releases, not all 80 patches from December SMR will be applied to all Galaxy devices. Many of these involve vulnerabilities in specific components, so only devices using those components are affected. However, Google’s latest ASB (Android Security Bulletin) details several serious flaws in the Android OS that could allow remote code execution without additional privileges. These vulnerabilities affect the entire Android ecosystem. There are also some Galaxy-specific patches in this month’s security release from Samsung.
December security updates apply to more Galaxy devices in the US
Samsung began seeding eligible Galaxy devices for the December SMR last week. It was a slow start by the company’s standards, but has picked up the pace quickly. The latest release has already rolled out on over a dozen Galaxy smartphone and tablet models. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 for the US are the latest entrants to the party.
If you have one of Samsung’s 2021 foldable smartphones in the US, these security fixes will be available soon. Watch out for notifications prompting you to download updates over-the-air (OTA). You can tap the notification to continue. Samsung also allows you to manually check for updates on your Galaxy device. Open the Settings app, go to the Software Updates menu, and tap Download & Install. If you don’t see an update, check back in a few days.