New Android security update for December now available

Google has released their December 2017 security update for Android devices. This comes on the heels of Google releasing the Android 8.1 Oreo update for Pixel devices. For November the update included some functional additions for Pixel 2 XL owners as well as fixes for some display issues. The December is much narrower focusing on security issues only.

According to Google, the main issue the December update addresses is a critical vulnerability in the Media framework. Google says remote attackers could use the vulnerability to execute code with a privileged access level. Another potential issue rated as critical existed in the system framework for Bluetooth and could open  victim up to have code executed on their device if an attacker was nearby.

Several other issues were addressed in the update to tackle problem with the kernel and some more specific issues tied to vendor hardware like NVIDA, Qualcomm or MediaTek components.

The update will be released to the AOSP soon, if not already there. While device owners may have to wait for their manufacturers to push out an update for their device, they may get some comfort in knowing no instances of the exploits being used in the wild have been received.

source: Google


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.