If you have an Android device, you might want to check out the new August Android Security Bulletin. This new security update is rolling out now, first to Pixel and Nexus devices, and then it will be rolling out to everyone else. Read on to learn about the August Android Security Bulletin and what is in store for Android users in terms of which vulnerabilities are being addressed.
August Android Security Bulletin Fixing Critical Vulnerabilities
The best part about the August Android Security Bulletin is that it will be fixing a lot of the critical and severe vulnerabilities that have been popping up on Android lately. There are two different patch level security strings in the August Android Security Bulletin just as there have been with a lot of the previous updates from Google. We expect that Google will continue with the two different string levels since there is a lot of benefits to doing things this way as opposed to just one big update.
This is going to be very helpful to people since you will be able to see which of the security strings does what. The strings also help the OEMs out there since it will help them roll out and fix the vulnerabilities much quicker. The first security string level will be focused more on making sure your Android device is up to date with the patches before proceeding to the newest update.
The first part of the August Android Security Bulletin is 2017-08-01 and this is only a partial patch release. This is the security string level that gets your Android device up to speed before the newest patches are sent out to your device. The second security string level is 2017-08-05 and this is where the August Android Security Bulletin will be really rolled out. There are a ton of fixes and vulnerabilities that will be addressed in this second part.
You want to make sure that you download both the first security string and the second security string. Both of these August Android Security Bulletin levels are important to help maintain security on your Android device. It will also ensure that you are not missing any previous important update before you get the newest update.
Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Fixed in August Android Security Update
There are a ton of issues that are being fixed through the new August Android Security Bulletin. Those issues include critical and severe vulnerabilities with things like the Broadcomm components, Mediatek components, and Qualcomm components.
The media framework and kernel components are also going to be patched up in this update since they all have high-risk vulnerabilities and issues. All of the vulnerabilities could lead to arbitrary code execution. This code execution could lead to a hacker getting into the Android device, including granting permissions that are for the administrator only.
If you would like to get the new August Android Security Bulletin now, you can head on over to the Android Developer site. The Android Developer site will have all of the manual flash downloads of these updates. You need to ensure though, that you are downloading the update that goes with your Android device.
If you download the wrong August Android Security Bulletin, manually sideloading it into your device will not work. Be sure to only download the update that goes with your Android device. If you would rather wait for the over-the-air update to hit your Android device, you can do that as well. This update is going to hit Nexus and Pixel devices first, and then roll out to the other Android devices over the next few weeks.