Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S9 and S9+ users are facing a potentially serious problem. According to some users, have complained that they found out that some photos from their Gallery has been sent to contacts without them knowing about it.
This seems to affect those with the latest version of the Samsung Messages app. Users have taken to Reddit to complain about the issue and it has been observed that this problem does not seem to be device specific or network specific for that matter. The source of this bug has not been identified yet, and people seem to recommend that disabling storage permissions for the Samsung Messages app seems to be the workaround for the time being. This prevents the app from accessing the data in the device Gallery.
The steps to disable the storage permissions for the Samsung Messages app is simple and all users need to do is go to Settings > Apps > Samsung Messages > Permissions > Storage, and change it. This method however has a slight disadvantage, and while the permissions are denied, users will not be able to send images or GIFs to their contacts.
For those that don’t have the latest update have the option to just turn off the auto update feature of the app from the Settings in Galaxy Apps. Or the final alternative is to use a different messaging app until the time Samsung is able to patch this bug in an update.