Google Pixel Devices Receiving July Android Security Patch, Additional Fixes

Security patches help fix Android vulnerabilities

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Google Pixel Devices Receiving July Android Security Patch, Additional Fixes

Pixel devices are now receiving the July security patch.

Highlights
  • Android July security patch released by Google
  • Ok Google hotword detection fix for Google Pixel devices
  • OTA and Full Factory images now available for Pixel smartphones

Google has just started rolling out the July Android Security patch for its Pixel lineup of smartphones. The security update is expected to hit the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, as well as the recently launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. This new security patch brings fixes for multiple Android vulnerabilities as well as a couple of fixes for specific devices. This update is currently reaching devices the aforementioned via an OTA.

The July Android Security patch brings multiple vulnerability fixes but Google highlights in its Android Security Bulletin a critical security vulnerability in the Media Framework. Google has said that this vulnerability in Media Framework could enable a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code using a specifically crafted file within the context of a privileged process. This vulnerability has been fixed with this security patch and Google mentions that no active customer exploitation or abuse via this vulnerability has been reported yet. The security patch also fixes multiple vulnerabilities in Framework, Library, Media framework, and System. These are reported to impact devices running Android 7.0 Nougat as well.

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Google has also explained fixes for Pixel devices in its Pixel Update Bulletin. While the fixes mentioned in the Android Security Bulletin will help all smartphones that receive the July security patch, the fixes mentioned in the Pixel Update Bulletin are specifically for Pixel devices. The latest update is said to improve the “Ok Google” hotword detection as well as music detection which is used for the Now Playing feature on Google's Pixel smartphones. This update also improves Unicode Japanese language support.

It also brings bootloader level fixes for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices that get stuck during boot, as well as those stuck in EDL mode with a blank screen. The latter issue is also fixed for the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The security patch also improves the Titan M module present on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a devices.

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On your Google Pixel smartphone, you can go to Settings > System update which should prompt the device to look for a software update. We got the update on our Google Pixel 3 device which was 70.7MB in size. You can also download a sideloadable OTA or a full factory image from Google itself.

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Aditya Shenoy

Aditya has been reviewing gadgets for over 5 years now and began his career reviewing smartphones. He began reviewing smartwatches when Android Wear was a thing and continues to review fitness wearables. An audiophile, he also reviews audio products every now and then. While reviewing smartphones keeps him busy during the week, he loves to unwind by going on long drives over the weekends. A thorough petrolhead who loves technology and can talk about bhp and GHz all day long.

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