Google issues major new Android security update

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Google has released its monthly Android security update.

As well as fixing regular bugs and glitches, this month’s update includes fixes for eight vulnerabilities which Google regards as ‘critical’. The update also includes fixes for several other security flaws which range from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’.

“The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files,” Google said in its Nexus security bulletin.

The patch also fixes some vulnerabilities with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Download Manager and Setup Wizard. In addition, Google has said the patch will also fix vulnerabilities with the Qualcomm hardware which could result in “permanent device compromise”.

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If you own any of the Nexus devices including Nexus 10, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus Player and Nexus 9 then the security patch will be automatically rolled out to your device. However, it can often take several days to reach all devices.

Alternatively, users can check for the update manually by visiting Setting>About Phone>Software Update.

However, you will need to make sure you have sufficient battery (preferably do this when your phone is fully charged) and you will also need to make sure your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Source: Google

 

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