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05 December 2017, 08:06 | Justin Tyler
December security bulletin posted ahead of likely Android 8.1 release tomorrow
Google has patched 45 vulnerabilities in its latest security bulletin for Android devices and as usual, Google has delivered two patch levels associated with the latest update, created to help OEMs select the most appropriate patches for them. More importantly, it prevents attackers from exploiting the KRACK vulnerability. But Google says there will be two patch levels for this month: 12-1 and 12-5, the latter of which will be the level for all Nexus and Pixel builds. Google is doing this now through its December security patch.
These patches will roll out to supported Nexus and Pixel devices via an over-the-air update. "We encourage all users to update to the latest version of Android where possible", Google noted.
The biggest beneficiaries of Android 8.1 could be those on low-end devices though, as Google has also crafted the Android Oreo (Go edition). "Google Play Protect is enabled by default on devices with Google Mobile Services, and is especially important for users who install apps from outside of Google Play".
You have to thank the Android gods that Google is as regular as the sunrise when it comes to releasing their monthly Android Security Bulletin. Google is already aware of the issue, but it has not issued a fix for it just yet. Ever since the Stagefright vulnerability was made public, the mothership has made it its own responsibility to put out a monthly patch for evolving Android security risks.
Both of these security bulletins also inform us about hardware specific software fixes with components from MediaTek, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. However, Verizon jumped the gun some and did offer up build numbers for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.
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