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Sony XZ

Piet Le Roux

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On 6 September Sony released firmware Build # 41.2.A.7.65 for the Sony XZ phone with September's security update.. very important because of increased Android malware activity. XZ clients on Vodacom already received their update on 19 September, South Africa always a bit behind, but MTN has to be one better : on the first of October we still haven't received anything.... please MTN wake up!
 
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Voldemort

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Hi Piet Le Roux,

I've made some inquiries on this and will revert to you ASAP, apologies on the delay.
 

Voldemort

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Update: I've received feedback that the OS has been tested and approved, we are just awaiting a release date now, I'll keep you posted as I hear it.
 

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Hi Piet

Update:

"The Fota team is investigating why FOTA was not released. But stated the update should will be available by Friday. The new security update have been released for Oct and will come update your devices next week."

Holding thumbs:)
 

Piet Le Roux

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But now the Oktober security/firmware update was released yesterday : build 41.2.A.7.76
Could MTN make it available before November?
 

Piet Le Roux

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That's what Google recommend and does for their own devices but very few phone makers have been able to keep up with monthly updates...Sony seems to be managing it.
 

Piet Le Roux

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Big question can MTN manage to "check" it monthly....or shouldn't they rather just trust the experts and stop messing around with something they know nothing about?
 

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That i cant answer, I'm sure it all boils down to risk and security, everything has to be checked before it's allowed.

I'll have another word with the guys, but it's definitely not commonplace for a manufacturer to release firmware so frequently unless there is a problem with the previous build that needed tweaking.
 

Piet Le Roux

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I am sorry to say this but your reply just proves my point : local service providers are totally out of touch with the status quo and should leave firmware updates to the manufacturers and owners of these devices.
 

Piet Le Roux

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Google releases a security update each month, which aims to correct flaws in their system. The objective is to ensure continued protection for users and to react quickly to security problems that could arise. This is the best defence against increased malware activity but not all cell phone manufacturers have been able to keep to this policy. Sony are one of the few that been doing this every month for their X range....but MTN don't even know about this policy and stuff's up everything by taking more than a month to release these prompt updates...if they even release them at all!
 
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RedhotNeo

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That i cant answer, I'm sure it all boils down to risk and security, everything has to be checked before it's allowed.

I'll have another word with the guys, but it's definitely not commonplace for a manufacturer to release firmware so frequently unless there is a problem with the previous build that needed tweaking.
Google releases monthly security updates. Just like microsoft releases monthly updates. As a cellular carrier, you should know this..

I dont know why cell manufacturers just dont apply updates from a central location rather then hand out to cell providers to push updates.. that makes no sense.. Updates will occur faster from manufacturer

I hope android O address much of these issues.. Since google themselves will now push out security updates to all Android O devices
 
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Piet Le Roux

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Finally we received firmware/security update build 41.2.A.7.76 that was released exactly a month ago by Sony. It contains the Android security patch for 1 October....so our devices have been left vulnerable for the whole of October because of MTN's incompetence!
 

Piet Le Roux

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Build 41.3.A.0.401 : Android 8 with the November security patch was released by MTN on 2/12/2017. This update was released by Sony on 24/11/2017
So MTN released it 8 days later! : Great work MTN ! You are finely getting the hang of Android....I knew you could
 
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