Security advisory: OpenVPN not working on Samsung S9 and S9+ after update

Hey, Ghosties!

If you own a Samsung S9 or S9+, you might have noticed issues with your device and VPNs. We wanted to give you a heads-up, so here’s what’s going on.

After the Android Oreo update, the OpenVPN protocol no longer works on your Samsung S9 and Samsung S9+.

CyberGhost VPN isn’t functioning correctly on these two devices, and we’ve stopped distribution. If you’re looking for our VPN in the Play Store of these devices, you won’t find it. This is because we always want to make sure our Ghosties stay protected and get the best service from us.

The problem has been spotted and talked about in Samsung communities. For more details, head here, here or here.

Unfortunately, this is not something we can quickly fix. However, we’re currently working on finding a solution on our side and we’ll keep you updated.

Another alternative would be for Samsung to patch this up with an OS update, but we can no longer wait around for this to happen.

Affected users, hang tight. Help is on the way.

If you’re using any other devices and CyberGhost VPN, you have nothing to worry about. Everything’s fine for you.

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    • Hi there,

      We’re really sorry, but, for the moment, there’s not much we can do. Let’s hope Samsung makes a move to fix the issue soon, so you can resume using CyberGhost correctly.

      We know it must feel unfair, but, unfortunately, this is not dependant on us.

  • Hi,
    my S9+ with a ROM (5G965FXXU2BRG8) last uppdated in august 15th with a security update security update on Auguste 1 does not work too. so it seems it doesn’t work before october. ans last samsung upade.Is there anywork arround available ?

    • As soon as we have news, Adam, we’ll update the post and notify you with a comment here as well. We’re as eager for that fix as you are.

  • I trusted you, I am very very disappointed that one of best-seller of android is not capable of working with your app. You should pay off the impacted people.

    • Hi Nicolas, we’re really sorry for this and wish there was more we could do at this point. We’re really working hard towards finding a solution. Unfortunately, this situation is a consequence of a Samsung update, not of a CyberGhost update but we know that doesn’t make it any easier to cope with. We hope to be able to share good news soon!

      • Hello my issue with S9 has not been technically solved, it looks to be impossible, but commercially well solved with customer service. Thanks for your reactivity.

    • Hi Jan,

      Unfortunately, what may look like normal app behavior is not the real thing. It can happen that the app appears to be working but the connections are not created as they should. Sorry for the bad news. 🙁

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