Google Releases January Security Patch For Pixel/Nexus Devices

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Tech giant Google has announced January security patch on Tuesday for Google devices, including Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5x. The update is rolling out in a staged manner and should be available to all pixel devices soon.

Google has put the factory images and full size OTA files to let users manually install the latest build on their respective devices. Users need to unlock the bootloader to install the OTA files. The OTA zips can be sideloaded on top of their existing software which helps users to do update the security patch without wipe any data on the devices.

The latest security patch brings the bug fixes found in thee December security patch, including the burn-in protections wee see in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL.

The January security patch brings two patch levels- which fixes 38 bugs. The patch dated on January 1st contains 20 bug fixes while the patch dated on January 5th fixes 18 more known bugs. The January security update also fix media framework that could have allowed hackers to execute arbitrary code through a “crafted file” on compromised devices

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