Google posts October’s security update for Android

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Many of us are waiting patiently to see Google announce a raft of new devices later today, as well as wondering if the much-leaked Pixel and Pixel XL handsets have anything left to surprise us with. Until the launch event begins, Nexus and Pixel C owners will be glad to hear that the search giant is in the process of rolling out its October Security Bulletin for Android devices.

This month’s Security Bulletin patches 5 critical vulnerabilities, 17 high vulnerabilities, 8 instances meriting a medium rating, and a single vulnerability rated as low. The security patch update should be rolling out via OTA as we speak for the following Nexus devices, although if you are the impatient sort you can always take things into your own hands by downloading the factory images from here and flashing them on your device manually.

DeviceBuild number
Nexus 6PNBD90X (Nougat)
Nexus 5XNBD90W (Nougat)
Nexus 9 WiFiNRD91D (Nougat)
Nexus PlayerNRD91D (Nougat)
Pixel CNRD91D (Nougat)
Nexus 5M4B30X (Marshmallow)
Nexus 6M0B31H (Marshmallow)
MBD90Z (Nougat)

As you can see from the list above, the Nexus 6 finally has an Android 7.0 Nougat build up for grabs, though there is also a Marshmallow build available if you want to stay on Android 6.0.1. You can expect to see the patches reach AOSP in the next few days, while Android handset makers should be in the process of preparing security updates for the relevant devices.

Source: Android


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).