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Android Security Bulletin for May Released

May 2, 2017

If you have an Android device, you might be interested in the fact that the Android Security Bulletin for May 2017 was just released. It appears that Google is right on time with this update since they typically come out on the first of every month. We have all of the latest updates about the Android Security Bulletin for May 2017, including which security issues are being fixed in this latest update.

Android Security Bulletin Includes Many Security Patches

The biggest news to come out of the Android Security Bulletin for May is that there are quite a few security patches in this update. There are a ton of vulnerabilities that are getting fixed in this update and it also includes some newly-discovered vulnerability as well. When you look at the Android Security Bulletin releases, you will notice that often times Google will provide two different patch level strings. This is useful because it helps the OEMs when it comes down to fixing the most common problems that plague Android devices.

Google has provided the two patch level strings again for the May 2017 Android Security Bulletin. This really does allow the OEMs to get to the problems and fix them much quicker, so we can expect that Google will continue to put out the two patch level strings for these updates. The first security patch level, which is 2017-05-01 is a partial update which basically verifies that all of the vulnerabilities up to that point have been taken care of. The second string, which is 2017-05-05, will be the complete Android Security Bulletin for May 2017. The complete security patch string will ensure that all of the issues are fixed on the Android device up to May 5.

Fixes in the Android Security Bulletin for May 2017

In terms of what all is being fixed in the Android Security Bulletin for May 2017, Google made an announcement detailing all of the vulnerabilities we will see addressed. The biggest vulnerability that is being fixed in this update is the one that would allow for remote execution of malicious coding through the use of various mediums. This includes mediums such as email, MMS, and browsing the Internet.

An attacker could have a field day with this problem, although luckily, up to this point Google has not been made aware of any hacker or attacker taking advantage of the vulnerability. The Android Open Source Project will have the source code patches for these particular problems within the next two days.

As far as when you will receive the Android Security Bulletin if you have an Android device, that will depend on which type of device you own. The Nexus and Pixel devices will get the update first. That should be happening now through the over-the-air update option. Other supported Android devices should see the update within the next few days to few weeks.

Again, it depends on which Android device you own. Some of the OEMs push out updates separate from when Google releases the Android Security Bulletin. You also can choose to flash the Android Security Bulletin update manually if you do not want to wait for the over-the-air update to hit your device. You can head to the Android Developers website if you would like to get the factory images so you can do this process manually.

If you look on Google’s website, you will see that the Pixel and Pixel XL will be getting this update, along with various Nexus devices. The Nexus devices include the Nexus Player, Nexus 9 WiFi, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus 5x, and Nexus 6P. All other devices beyond the Nexus and Pixel should see the new Android Security Bulletin for May 2017 within the coming weeks. Just a tip, if you do manually flash the update, you must make sure you are using the images meant for your specific Android device.

You cannot manually install the update on a device different than the intended device as it will not work. Your best bet is to really wait for the update to hit your Android device to ensure that you are not messing up anything or possibly bricking your Android device. This is especially true if you are not that tech savvy or have never done a manual flash update before.