March Security Patch Rolling Out to Pixel/Nexus Devices


Like clockwork, Google's March security update for Pixel and Nexus devices is all set and ready to go.  Following the February security patch that introduced a number of fixes for the Pixel 2, there are 16 issues resolved in the March security patch dated 2018-03-01 and 21 in the 2018-03-05 one. Vulnerabilities range from high to critical. The most severe one allows the possibility of permitting a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code through a “crafted file.”

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Google notes that there are no reports of customers being affected by these security issues. The dedicated bulletin for Google’s phones and tablets lists 43 security fixes and 3 functional updates. The Pixel and Pixel 2 XL benefit from faster screen wake when unlocking with a fingerprint and improved crash reporting. Meanwhile, the latter device has improved audio performance when recording video. However, there are still some unresolved issues that haunt some Pixel/Nexus devices that are yet to be addressed and we're hoping that they're addressed in the next update.

Both the Android Security Bulletin and the Pixel/Nexus security patches are rolling out now. To check if your phone or tablet’s up to date, head to the Settings menu, tap System > About phone (or About tablet), and scroll down to “Android security patch level”. Alternatively, head to the source link and download the latest factory image for your device.

The full download and OTA links are below. If you don't want to wait for the OTA, you can sideload the update on to your device by following the instructions here.

  • Pixel 2 XL: Android 8.1 — OPM1.171019.021 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel 2: Android 8.1 — OPM1.171019.021 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel XL: Android 8.1 — OPM1.171019.021 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Pixel: Android 8.1 — OPM1.171019.021 — Factory Image — OTA
  • Nexus 6P: Android 8.1 — OPM3.171019.016, OPM5.171019.017 (Softbank) — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Nexus 5X: Android 8.1 — OPM3.171019.016, OPM5.171019.017 (Telstra and Softbank) — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)

Have you received the update on your device yet? Let us know in the comments below.

News Source: 9to5google