February Security Patch Rolling Out to Pixels; Fixes Pixel 4 Recording Issues and More

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It's near the fifth of the month, and as always, Google just released its monthly security patch for Android. The February Security Patch is now rolling out for the Pixel 4/4XL, 3a/3a XL, 3/3 XL, and 2/2 XL. The original Pixel stopped receiving updates this December.

There are 13 issues resolved in the February security patch dated 2020-02-01 and 12 for 2020-02-05. Vulnerabilities range from high to critical, with the most severe relating to the media framework and a remote attacker possibly executing arbitrary code through a crafted file, something that has been a recurring every month.

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Google further adds that no devices were affected by the said vulnerabilities and that 84% more devices have received security updates compared to last year. As is the case with every monthly security update, the February security patch also brings several Pixel-specific changes. Let's take a look at some of them.

Pixel 4 gets a host of system, camera, and NFC fixes via the February security patch

Compared to last month's update, the number of Pixel-specific fixes is far fewer. However, the issues addressed seem to be fairly serious, as one of them involves fixing boot looping Pixel 4 phones. All of the other fixes seem to be trivial and are not specific just to the Pixel 4 series.

  • Pixel 4 XL: Android 10 — QQ1B.200205.002, QQ1C.200205.002 (Select JP & TW carriers), QQ1D.200205.002 (NTT DOCOMO) — Factory Image (2) (3) — OTA (2) (3)
  • Pixel 4: Android 10 — QQ1B.200205.002, QQ1C.200205.002 (Select JP & TW carriers), QQ1D.200205.002 (NTT DOCOMO) — Factory Image (2) (3) — OTA (2) (3)
  • Pixel 3a XL: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002— Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 3a: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002— Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 3 XL: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002— Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 3: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002— Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 2 XL: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 2: Android 10 — QQ1A.200205.002 — Factory Image — OTA

The February security patch should be available to all Pixel 2, 3, and 4 owners in the coming days. Most of the images are fairly straightforward, barring a few carrier-locked Pixel 4 phones sold in certain markets. If you can't wait and want to sideload it, here are the links for the OTA updates and factory images.

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