January Android Security Update Bring Released By Google For Nexus, Pixel Devices
Google, along with welcoming the New Year with a protected and more secure experience, has begun to release the January Android security upgrade for attuned devices. The new update is developed for a listing of Google devices, consisting of Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel, Pixel C, and Pixel XL. Together with the over-the-air (OTA) launch, Google has unveiled OTA zip files and factory images to enable users to install the most recent build manually on their respective devices.
Those who install the OTA zip files require having on their devices an unlocked bootloader. Moreover, the OTA zips can be side-loaded besides their prevailing software. This implies there is no requirement to clean any existing records on the devices, as needed for factory images. All the Pixel devices have a standard Oreo setup, even if a separate build is accessible for users in the United Kingdom with O2 network.
According to the Android Security Bulletin for January month, there are 20 problems being fixed in the Android security patch for January dated 2018-01-01 along with 18 dated 2018-01-05. Susceptibilities span from high to critical, and the most rigorous is associated with the media framework that can allow a far-off attacker implement the arbitrary code in the situation of a privileged process.
The bulletin states, corroborating that no reports have surfaced to date of active customer exploitation or misuse of the newly reported issues, “The severity estimation is derived from the impact that exploiting the susceptibility would probably have on an affected device, supposing the service mitigations and platform are inactive for development purposes or if fruitfully evaded.”
The Android security patch for January also comes with a range of system-level patches and fixes for hardware-centric susceptibilities. In addition, there a few functional upgrades—one befitting to the keystore class and the other one improves stability.