May Android Security Update: Nexus Factory Images, Status and More

May Android Security Update: Nexus Factory Images, Status and More
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Google is best known for issuing monthly Android security updates to patch up bugs and secure devices. As the new month starts, another round of updates has been released with information on Nexus Factory Images.


For people who are curious about the changes on the latest round of factory images for Nexus then there is no better way than to check out the Android Open Source Project. According to AndroidPolice, they have only been able to generate changelogs from the available code commits from the most recent series of updates. For now, they only include the MOB30G-MOB30J builds but users should expect more to come soon.

According to Android, it has released the security update for Nexus devices through the over-the-air (OTA) update. “The Nexus firmware images have also been released to the Google Developer site. Security Patch Levels of May 01, 2016 or later address these issues (refer to the Nexus documentation for instructions on how to check the security patch level),” the company claimed on its Android website.

As with other Android bulletins, Google claims that partners were notified about the issues specified in the bulletin around April 4 this year. The company also added that source code patches for the said vulnerabilities will be available through the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository for the following 48 hours before the bulletin is revised and the AOSP links be available.

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“The most severe of these issues is a Critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files,” added Android.

Droid Life added that devices receiving the update include: Pixel C (MXC89F), Nexus 6P (MTC19T), Nexus 5X (MCT19T), Nexus 6 (MMB30G and MOB30I), Nexus Player (MOB30G), Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE (MOB30G), Nexus 5 (MOB30H), and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and LTE (MOB30J).

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