Google to push out more Android security patches for Nexus and Pixel devices
Seemingly in line with the new year that has arrived, Google also readied its gears to roll out the latest Android security patches to supported Nexus and Pixel devices. For users who can’t wait, the factory images and full OTA zip files have already surfaced ready for download. The only caveat would be risking a possible data wipe from the factory image route. This also involves using command line tools for installation.
To stay safe on the other hand, many recommend waiting a few hours, if not a few days, to receive the over-the-air update notification. Equipped with the latest security updates for the devices it continues to support, Google will reportedly push the update out later today or tomorrow.
This time, Google intends on pushing out two patch levels, much like its earlier updates. The earlier update comes with 20 bug fixes. On the other hand, the update scheduled next come January 5th will add 18 more fixes on top of the former. Included among the range of vulnerabilities is perhaps the most critical one, the media framework bug. Through a “crafted file,” this allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, posing a threat to the device. However, no reports of users being affected have since emerged.
Forty-six more fixes will arrive for Nexus and Pixel users over the course of the next few days and weeks. These will include two functional updates, one of which involve key upgrade handling in the key store. In addition, the updates will also improve performance and stability for the said devices.