Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is receiving a small update, but what exactly the new software version brings to the table is a mystery. Well, not a complete mystery. The update, which when prompted should take only a few minutes to download and install, carries the build number VRALL4. That’s the same as a recent Galaxy Note 2 update (UVALL4) for T-Mobile, save for a few different (carrier specific) letters at the the front.
The update for Verizon’s phone, then, likely deals with the same issue as the one for T-Mobile’s handset: a root exploit pertaining to Samsung’s Exynos chipset. Perhaps confirming this are reports that the update cannot be rooted using current methods. So, if rooting is your thing, there is a tradeoff here. But if you are the type to root, you should be familiar enough with potential security risks to make an educated decision on whether or not to update to the latest software version.