Android Security Patch Released

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 12:01 PM gHale

Google released January’s Android Security Patch for Pixel and Nexus devices, which handles 38 vulnerabilities.

“The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process,” Google researchers said.

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Google fixed 38 critical vulnerabilities across multiple components like the Android runtime, media framework, kernel, as well as LG, HTC, MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm components, according to the security bulletin.

Google also said no users are currently affected by any of these security vulnerabilities. However, it recommends users update their devices to the January 2018 Android Security Patch as soon as possible.

The January 2018 Android Security Patch is currently rolling out to supported Pixel and Nexus devices, including Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P, via the over-the-air update (OTA) system.

All these devices will be upgraded to the Android 8.1 “Oreo” software version, which Google released last month. Android 8.1 brings a bunch of improvements and new features, such as a slightly transparent Quick Settings menu, as well as light and dark themes that turn on automatically based on the home screen wallpaper.

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