Samsung has been making chips for a very long time, and whereas they’re not higher performance-wise than Qualcomm ones, they’re largely okay. Safety flaws have, nevertheless, simply been present in Samsung-made chips, and extreme ones at that.
Google’s Undertaking Zero reported a complete of eighteen zero-day vulnerabilities in Exynos modems made by Samsung between late 2022 and early 2023. The 4 most extreme ones can permit for Web-to-baseband distant code execution, letting malicious actors compromise a smartphone with no enter required from a person — all a hacker wants is a person’s telephone quantity. The fourteen different ones additionally permit for distant code execution, however aren’t as extreme, as they want both a complicit service or bodily entry to the gadget.
These vulnerabilities have an effect on a variety of gadgets, significantly, Samsung smartphones powered by Exynos chips, such because the European mannequin of the Galaxy S22. Fortunately, Samsung determined to drop the usage of Exynos this yr, so newer telephones just like the Galaxy S23 aren’t affected. Nevertheless, Google’s newest Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 smartphones are affected, since they’re powered by Samsung-made chips (the Google Tensor SoCs are designed and made by Samsung and are just about simply Exynos variants).
As of the time of writing, no repair is obtainable for any of those points, so within the meantime, you need to flip off issues like VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling if you happen to don’t wish to be affected.