+ Thursday February 21st, 2019

Google has today released the October Android Security Bulletin addressing issues discovered and patched over the last month, and released Factory Images and OTA files for supported Nexus and Pixel devices.

As usual, the releases are in two parts, a 1st of October patch and a 5th of October patch though none of the Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVEs) reported or discovered this month have seen active customer exploitation or abuse. The patches address issues discovered in the Framework, Kernel, System and Media Framework in all Android devices.

There is a Nexus and Pixel specific component of these releases, with Google addressing them in the Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin. This month several fixes have been rolled into the updates including:

References Category Improvements Devices
A-112486006 Media Improved performance for certain protected media formats Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-112529920 Power Improved fast-charging behavior for Pixel devices Pixel, Pixel XL
A-79643956 Stability Improved stability when using Android Auto Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
A-111467967 Performance Modified Call Screening behavior when using Maps Navigation All

For those with a supported Nexus or Pixel device you’ll find the Google Devices Factory Image page and OTA Images page has been updated with files now available to download and flash.

  • Pixel 2 9.0.0 (PPR2.181005.003, Oct 2018)
  • Pixel 2 XL 9.0.0 (PPR2.181005.003, Oct 2018)
  • Pixel 9.0.0 (PPR2.181005.003, Oct 2018) – Plus: 9.0.0 (PPR1.181005.003, Oct 2018, Telus Only)
  • Pixel XL 9.0.0 (PPR2.181005.003, Oct 2018) – Plus: 9.0.0 (PPR1.181005.003, Oct 2018, Telus Only)
  • Nexus 6P (OPM7.181005.003, Oct 2018)
  • Nexus 5X (OPM7.181005.003, Oct 2018)

For everyone who owns a supported device you should now be able to hit the Check for Update button to have the OTA begin coming down.

Source: October Security Bulletin.

Daniel Tyson  

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