Galaxy S5 Neo KRACK vulnerability - security update

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I purchased my S5 Neo from Koodo just over a year ago.

When will the KRACK/WPA2 vulnerability be patched for it? I don't see an entry for this device on the update schedule:
https://community.koodomobile.com/koodo/topics/upcoming-software-updates

I would hope that a vulnerability of this magnitude would be patched ASAP. The S5 Neo received an update to Android 7 at the end of August, and another update in October; it would be rather disappointing if it didn't also receive a patch for this issue.
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Posted 7 months ago

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You have to contact Samsung Canada for that detail. They are the one who decides on which devices and when to patch the security hole.

If you are that worried, here is the update on the devices that can protect your from that attack https://www.androidcentral.com/these-are-all-android-devices-updated-krack-patch.
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I'm not sure how that list alleviates much worry when it doesn't include my device (S5 Neo) as one that is "safe to use." :) 

Being forced to spend hundreds of dollars to switch to a newer, secure device because the manufacturer and (possibly) carrier won't take responsibility for devices they've sold within at least recent years is reprehensible business practice.

As for the Samsung site, the following does not list my device at all:
https://security.samsungmobile.com/etc/qsmr_list.html

Nonetheless, Koodo did push an update with an 08-01-2017 security patch date, back in October:
https://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/galaxy-s5-neo/SM-G903W/KDO/download/G903WVLU1CQI1/191002/

So, it appears that Koodo is both willing and able to push patches that are difficult to corroborate on the Samsung site.

It's incredibly frustrating that there is no single source of truth. Koodo does not appear to provide a history and roadmap of patches for all of its devices - the "upcoming software updates" page isn't so helpful.
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Unfortunately, that is the situation with Android phones.

Apple, Blackberry (TCL), and Google devices (nexus, pixel) are often received security updates quicker than other. If you put security over everything else, then I would suggest you go with them.
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Fair enough - I appreciate the advice and your responses on this thread!
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Watch out for Apple and their iOS updates. They are known to push updates on phones that might not be able to handle the new OS. Thus making the phone frustratingly sluggish in order for you to purchase another iPhone.
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Can we use a https://mobile-phone-tracker.org mobile recorder in the galaxy s5? 
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I don't see why not, at least from a technical perspective.
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