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Google finds major security flaws in Galaxy S6 Edge bloatware

Samsung‘s smartphone software has gotten a lot better in the past few years as the company pulls back its Android modifications and lets Google’s operating system breathe. Even so, a recent study by the search giant’s security team found almost a dozen bugs in the extra software included with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge.

A recent report from the Project Zero team reveals 11 “high-impact security issues” that could make the Galaxy S6 edge vulnerable to hackers. Thankfully, Google already warned Samsung and most of the problems have been fixed. Three less dangerous bugs are still floating around though, and won’t be officially patched until later this month.

Specifically, Google found vulnerabilities in Samsung’s email and photo gallery apps, along with the ability to remotely wipe the Galaxy S6 edge. For the most part it sounds like Samsung’s own apps could be the biggest culprits, which makes a pretty good case for including even less bloatware with new phones.

There’s no way Google can check every third-party app included with each new Android phone. So by pre-installing these services, phone-makers and carriers could be inadvertently putting their customers at risk. Hopefully this new report will convince some companies to cut down on bloatware even more than they already do.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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