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September Android Security Patch Released

Sep 6, 2017

We have good news for you if you have an Android device because the September Android Security Patch was just released. The new September Security Patch is aimed at fixing quite a few issues for Android. This includes those in the Broadcom and Qualcomm components. We have all of the latest information about the September Android Security Patch so read on to learn more.

September Android Security Patch Fixing Many Critical Issues

When it comes to the release of the September Android Security Patch, the good news is that it is fixing a lot of the critical vulnerabilities in the media framework. MediaTek is getting some updates as well as the Linux Kernel and more.

There are 24 vulnerabilities in the media framework alone, with 10 of those being critical vulnerabilities. When you look at these 24 vulnerabilities in the media framework, even the newest Android operating system is not immune to these issues. Android Oreo is said to be impacted by 11 of these vulnerabilities.

As far as the details of the September Android Security Patch, one of the biggest vulnerabilities was one where an arbitrary code could be executed. This could be executed using a privileged process. An attacker would have a field day with this arbitrary code. The media framework is one of the easiest components of an Android device to exploit.

Project Treble, which is a Google project, is looking at making it much harder to exploit the media framework in Android devices. Project Treble has a lot of work left ahead, especially since it seems that there are often times multiple issues with the media framework. Hopefully, the team can get this all sorted out because Android Oreo, which is Android 8.0, has already been rolling out to some devices.

September Android Security Patch Available Now

As far as when the September Android Security Patch will make it to your device, it will be very soon. Nexus and Pixel devices will see the update first, which is usually how it rolls out. Some Android devices in those two groups are already seeing the update.

There are two patch levels this time, just like there have been several other times. This is definitely the best way to go about the updates for Android. That is because it will allow the various components to be updated to where they need to be. This will then allow the device to easier receive the newest software and firmware.

The first patch is a partial, which just gets Android updated. The second patch level, or string level as it is also known, will be the patches for the kernels and the hardware drivers. The complete patch will also be fixing the Broadcom Wi-Fi driver problems. This means that the arbitrary codes could be executed for Android devices within a Wi-Fi range. The attackers could use a file that is specially crafted in order to execute the code.

September Android Security Patch Hitting Nexus & Pixel First

The partial September Android Security Patch update will say 2017-09-01. The complete patch string will read 2017-09-05. Speaking quickly about Android Oreo, it is quickly approaching release. The September Android Security Patch will be rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices with Android Oreo.

Pixel C, Pixel XL, and Pixel will all be getting the update very soon. The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player will also be getting this update now. Other Android devices will be getting the September Android Security Patch in phases, which is typical for these security bulletins.

If you have an Android device, you should be seeing the September Android Security Patch rolling out very soon. Older Android devices probably will not see this update for a couple more weeks. You also can download the September Android Security Patch APK if you would rather update your device manually.

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