We’ve been waiting a little while for the Exynos chip root exploit to be patched on the majority of Samsung devices. The Galaxy S3 received a new firmware revision recently, which fixes the issue, but other Samsung smartphone users have been left to wonder when their devices will be receiving the all important fix.
Despite no official word from Samsung yet, it appears that some carriers have begun rolling out new firmware versions for a couple of handsets, Galaxy Note 2 users on the T-Mobile network, and Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch customers being the lucky few.
The T-Mobile Note 2 update can be applied over the air or through Kies, and should update your phone’s baseband to a new version, T889UVALL4. If you check the update’s official change log, you can see that the update specifically addresses the Exynos exploit, as well as fixing other security issues and miscellaneous bugs. The download is only 9Mb, so it shouldn’t take long.
Similarly, Sprint’s update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch addresses the Exynos vulnerability, and also adds Sprint Connection Optimiser to your handset. The new software update is labelled S:D710.10S.FL24, and will be released in stages over the next 30 days.
Hopefully this means that other Note 2 and S2 carriers will also be releasing updates in the very near future. Sadly my Galaxy S2 is still without an official fix, in the mean time I’m using the community made fix from XDA.
If you notice your Samsung device receiving a new firmware update, let us know which carriers are rolling out patches.