Tag Archive: Patches


Essential Phone gets January security patches, fixes for Spectre and Meltdown

Days after Google released the January 2018 Android security patches to Pixel and Nexus phones, the Essential Phone has started receiving them, too.

Essential says that it’s now pushing update NMJ88C to the Essential Phone. The update includes the January 2018 security patches as well as fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

We’re rolling out a software update (build NMJ88C) with the January security patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws.

— Essential  [Read More…]

Intel, ARM and AMD processors all impacted by new Meltdown and Spectre exploits, Google issuing patches

After initial reports suggested a new security flaw was confined to Intel systems, researchers have now disclosed that nearly all modern processors are affected.

Security researchers have disclosed two new exploits that can be executed against modern processors. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the exploits use similar methods to impact processors from Intel, AMD and ARM across PCs, mobile devices and in the cloud. The researchers explain:

Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware bugs allow  [Read More…]

January 2018 security patches for Nexus and Pixel have arrived

DIY-ers can do it today, OTA files expected shortly.

January 2018’s security patch is available for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. Factory images for the Pixel and Pixel 2 family, the Pixel C, the Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X are available at the Google Developer site and can be manually installed today, and OTA updates are expected to begin shortly.

There were no major vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s patch, but as usual, all the little things mean a  [Read More…]

Android Oreo gets its first update with September patches

Android Oreo has received its first minor update in the form of the September security patch.

Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices are receiving their first updates since Oreo was pushed last month in the form of a minor patch with September’s security patches. While some people already began receiving over-the-air updates (disguised as a downgrade to Nougat), the update is now official with factory images and downloadable, sideloadable (is that a word?) over-the-air (OTA) files available from Google’s website.

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Pixel and Nexus factory images with July security patches now available, OTAs arriving soon

Another month, another set of security fixes for Android.

Right on schedule, Google has released the latest factory images and OTA files for recent Pixels and Nexuses, including the July 5 security patches. This update will hit the Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The new software is still based on Android 7.1.2 for the modern devices, but of course 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which  [Read More…]

Why you should care about Android malware and the importance of security patches

Android is secure, but your phone probably isn’t. 3.5 million pieces of malware in 2017 means that matters.

When you’re king of the hill you are a target for everyone and everything. Sometimes that’s great — LG’s G6 is an awesome phone that wants to compete with the Galaxy S8 because the GS8 will be the king of the Android hill. Other times it’s not, and security company G Data takes a look at one of those  [Read More…]

Pixel and Nexus images with May 2017 security patches now available

Right on schedule, Google device owners have access to the latest security patches.

For those who want to be on the bleeding edge of security with your Pixel or Nexus, Google has just released the latest factory images and OTA files that include the May 2017 security patches. The Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C and Nexus Player have Android 7.1.2 with the latest patches integrated, while the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 get the latest  [Read More…]

These are the phones that receive regular security patches, according to Google

Pixels, a lot of Nexus devices, and a few names that are a welcome addition.

In its 2016 Android security year in review post, Google highlighted steps it has taken over the course of the year to thrawt malware and malicious apps on the Play Store. The company said that only 0.05% of apps downloaded from the Play Store in 2016 had a Potentially Harmful Application, down from 0.15% in 2015. Verify Apps — which periodically scans  [Read More…]

Confirmed: The Moto Z *will* receive security patches

There’s been much speculation today that the Moto Z and Moto Z Force would not regular security updates. Moto has confirmed to Android Central that such information in not correct, and that they will receive security patches.

While Moto left a little wiggle room — neglecting to say if they’d receive patches monthly, as Google pushes them, or on some other schedule — that’s a far cry from the implication that its newest flagships would be left out to dry at launch.

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BlackBerry continues to beat expectations with security patches on the Priv

BlackBerry has taken to its official blog to pat itself on the back for being able to keep up with pushing security updates to the Priv faster than any other OEM. Since the release of the Priv, BlackBerry has pushed the security update out the same day Google detailed the changes. Other OEM partners range from one to 37 days, with several partners still not even pushing patches for updates from December.

Each month, Google details  [Read More…]