Google’s Monthly Pixel Security Bulletin Now Features ‘Functional Updates’ Section – Fixes KRACK

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Nov 6, 2017
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A few months ago, Google included a new section in the primary Android Security Bulletin consisting patches for Pixel and Nexus devices. The October security bulletin featured an all-new “Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin.” The November security patch comes with a dedicated section listing “Functional updates” like bug fixes for the Nexus and Pixel devices.

After detailing the fixation of various security loopholes that plagued the Nexus/Pixel devices, Google has now listed a separate new section named “Functional updates” or “issues not related to the security of Pixel devices.” This section lists the functionality issues that are not related to the security of the Pixel devices. The section also includes a table that contains various issues such as Bluetooth or mobile data, and it also shares the summary of every issue.

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It’s worth noting that this dedicated section of the bulletin only references “Pixel devices,” and does not specify the Pixel device. This leaves us with the assumption that the issue and fixation is for all the Pixel devices namely the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the Pixel C.

Besides, every entry also contains a summary of the “Improvements” alongside categories like Audio, Bluetooth, Camera, Mobile data, and Stability. It also contains reference numbers, but these numbers do not relate to any public bug tracker.

Listing Bluetooth related issues

For November, it lists 12 items, with most of them related to Bluetooth, including the resolution of issues like Bluetooth car pairing and general pairing with Bluetooth enabled devices. We think that Google has done the right thing by making it easy for the Pixel users to access the list of issues that have been fixed. Earlier, users had to rely on the User Community to know about it.

Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin—November 2017

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Given the number of software-related issues popping on the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, Google needs to keep users in the loop about the issues and their fix.

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