July Security Patch Rolling Out, Factory Images and OTAs Live

Jul 2, 2018

The Android security patch for July is out and available to all Pixel/Nexus devices. Android P is still several weeks from release, and for now, we’ll have to make do with this release. This month, there are 11 issues resolved in the July security patch dated 2018-07-01 and 32 for 2018-07-05. 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. The exploit has been a recurring theme for the past few months, and it appears that Google is engaged in a never-ending battle to patch the vulnerability every month.

Google notes that there are no reports of customers being affected by these security issues. Thanks to several safeguards implemented by Google, a lot more devices are receiving timely security updates compared to earlier. However, there is still a lot of scope for improvement as a lot of devices remain unpatched for months on end.

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The dedicated bulletin for Google’s phones and tablets lists 26 security fixes and only 1 functional update compared to April’s 56. This Pixel and Pixel 2 patch improves the consistency of Wi-Fi connections with certain routers. Both devices are relatively bug-free, and we hope that this month’s patch doesn’t bring a few new ones with it. The factory images and OTAs are live and can be downloaded using the links below.

  • Pixel 2 XL: Android 8.1 —OPM2.171026.006.H1, OPM4.171019.021.R1 (T-Mobile) — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 2: Android 8.1 — OPM2.171026.006.G1, OPM4.171019.021.Q1 (T-Mobile) — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel XL: Android 8.1 — OPM4.171019.021.P1 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel: Android 8.1 — OPM4.171019.021.P1 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel C: Android 8.1 — OPM4.171019.021.N1 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Nexus 6P: Android 8.1 — OPM6.171019.030.E1 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Nexus 5X: Android 8.1 — OPM6.171019.030.E1 — Factory Image — OTA

The OTA has begun rolling out and should hit your Pixel/Nexus device soon in the next day or two. Other OEMs should follow suit shortly, so keep an eye out for it.

Source: Google