Last month, Google unexpectedly pushed out a dog food test build of May 2017 security refresh to Pixel XL smartphones that were meant for internal testing. Now, the research giant has finally made the factory images, and the OTA files for the monthly security refresh for May available for Pixel and Nexus devices, and the upgrade has started rolling out. Earlier, Google has modernized its end-of-life support page and added the Pixel phones authenticating the last Android and security patch rollout timelines.
The research giant has made the factory images and OTA files for the security refresh available for devices comprising Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9. Notably, the frame number for the monthly security update for Pixel XL is the same as the dog food test build that was delivered earlier by Google.
The build isolated May 1, 2017, has been demanded to fix 20 issues while the build dated May 5, 2017, yields a great fix for 98 issues, as designated out in a report by 9To5Google. Google has had no records of active consumer exploitation or abuse of these newly reported issues. Source code patches for these matters will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next 48 hours.
“The most rigorous of these issues is a Critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple systems such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files,” the company told in its release bulletin. The company has declared that supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the May 05, 2017 security patch level.
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The devices that have installed the security update with their respective build numbers are Pixel/Pixel XL (Deutsche Telekom): N2G47T, Pixel/Pixel XL: N2G47O, Pixel/Pixel XL (Verizon): NHG47L. Nexus 5X: N2G47O, Nexus 6: N6F27C, Nexus 6P: N2G47O, Nexus 9: N4F27B, Pixel C: N2G47O, Nexus Player: N2G47R.
“Exploitation of many issues on Android is made more complicated by enhancements in latest versions of the Android platform. We prompt all users to update to the latest version of Android where possible,” Google said.