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.”
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.
- 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.