Samsung has rolled out the April 2023 security update for its Galaxy S23 series, which was initially launched in South Korea and then made its way to other regions. Now, the previous-generation flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S22 series from the tech giant have also started receiving the security update, with the US being the first region to get it.
The unlocked versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra in the US are currently receiving a firmware update with version S90xU1UES2CWCC. This latest update includes the April 2023 security patch, which addresses 64 security vulnerabilities found in Galaxy devices. The update may also bring about general bug fixes and improvements to stability. Users in other regions can expect to receive the update in the next few weeks.
What’s new in April 2023 Security Update for Galaxy S22 Series
Samsung has recently released a comprehensive report on the April 2023 security patch. The report reveals that the update includes fixes for a total of 55 security vulnerabilities (CVEs) that were identified in Android devices by Google. Out of these, four vulnerabilities are classified as critical, while 46 are rated as high priority. Additionally, one moderate security flaw has also been addressed. However, four of the fixes from Google do not apply to Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The report is aimed at providing transparency to Samsung customers and ensuring that they are aware of the security measures that the company is implementing to protect their devices from potential threats.
These fixes target security vulnerabilities discovered in Galaxy devices running Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13, and include fixes for issues with Exynos chips and Exynos modems. The patch also addresses security vulnerabilities in the Exynos modem baseband and Exynos fastboot USB interface, which were found in the 3GPP implementation. By taking these additional steps, Samsung is ensuring that their devices remain secure and protected from potential threats.
Owners of unlocked Galaxy S22 series devices in the US can go through the following steps to update your handsets.
- Go to Settings on your device.
- Scroll down and tap on Software update.
- Tap on Download and install to check for new updates.
- If an update is available, tap on Download and install again to begin the download.
- Wait for the download to complete, then tap on Install now.
- Wait for the installation process to finish, which may take several minutes.
- Once the installation is complete, your device will restart with the new update installed.
Alternatively, you can also download the new firmware file from Samsung’s firmware database and flash it manually using the Odin tool on a Windows PC. However, this method is recommended only for advanced users who have experience with firmware flashing.
The Galaxy S22 series was introduced by Samsung early last year, running on Android 12. The devices have since received monthly security updates and, towards the end of 2022, were updated to One UI 5.0, based on Android 13. Recently, the smartphones received an update to One UI 5.1, which includes additional software features.