Security Updates

A basic rule to keep systems secure is: “install the latest security patches”. I wonder how /e/ plans to enable this.

The list of supported devices is growing and contains devices that are no longer supported by the manufacturer. In most cases this means there are no security patches for the low-level (mostly proprietary drivers and firmware) parts of the system. I consider this a reason to avoid those devices and specifically not recommend them to less technically-inclined friends.

The only way I see to deliver a reasonably secure device would be for /e/ to be the manufacturer and do it right.

addendum: Google released a list of devices that got updated recently. Everything that’s not on this list should not be used imho.

You have raised a valid point @hex-m. As mentioned on the /e/ website https://e.foundation/mobile-phone-os/ under Supported Devices …‘not all devices from this list will be officially supported if they become obsolete’ . The list of devices is definitely reviewed to weed out obsolete devices and add new ones which can be supported.

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Fairphone 2 is not on the list. A recent device, receiving updates from the manufacturer, not from Google. Fairphone even apologizes for the few proprietary drivers remaining in the hardware.

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This table shows the models with a majority of deployed devices running a security update from the last three months

According to their website the last update for the Fairphone 2 was released in April and contains the Android security patches of February.

Bought the phone because it is supported in all alternative smartphone OS’s, so I hope it remains supported in /e/. Even had to wait until Mai before the newest FP2 was available. February - April is recent. It is not a phone to throw away after 2 years as most smartphones are, it is a phone to maintain for many years to come (the modular concept).

Fairphone will receive an Android upgrade soon and then continue to get monthly security updates. But Fairphone is a small team and upgrades take a while.

Update: The update is here:

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Does anyone know when security patch Jan/Feb 2019 will be include?

On my tissot I can see the Jan patch. Usually by the 20th of each month that months patch is applied.

On LG G3 D855 and Samsung S3 i9300 security patch date is
5th of Dec 2018 :frowning:

On FP2 too. Are you also on Androis 7 Nougat?

Yes , I’m on Android Nougat 7.1

Hi @Manoj

I think I don’t need to create a new topic about that :
On my samsung Galaxy J5 2015 (j5nlte) which has never been supported by LineageOS, the security patch is still the 2019-10-05 but the last released from AOSP is the 2019-10-06.

Is it a normal delay or is there something wrong ?

Furthermore : could a security patch be forgotten or is it impossible ? Because if on my device it changes directly from the 2019-10-05 to the November patch, I will always ask myself if the 2019-10-06 has been applied or not.

Thanks :slight_smile:

A security patch cannot be forgotten. We usually apply the patches around the mid of the month. Are you saying there were multiple patches in a month. In that case the next patch would have both the updates.

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