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Android gets patches for critical flaws in media handling, hardware drivers

14 May 2017

This doesn't really come as a surprise, since Google updated the schedule for this quite a while ago. For some of them, the fixes are only included in the binary files that chipset manufacturers share with device manufacturers and are not publicly available. These harms are ranging from critical to low levels.

However, Pixel and Nexus users can manually install the security update as well, since the OTA files and factory images are already out there.

The information released by Google essentially reveals that the firm will provide users with just two years of Android updates and three years of security updates. Google has broken the patches down into two - security and hardware - in the hope the former will be rolled out faster. The first patch level is 2017-05-01 and the second is 2017-05-05.

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Google discussed the various bugs and issues that the security patch fixed in the Android Security Bulletin that accompanied the update.

As usual, OTA updates will be rolled out to the Pixel devices and supported Nexus devices in the coming weeks.

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 has released in November 2014. Google has said that some of these devices will get Android 7.1.2 update along with May security patch. Some of the OEMs push out updates separate from when Google releases the Android Security Bulletin.

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The partial patch will address six critical matters affecting the Media server component of Android.

By exploiting such flaws, attackers can achieve remote code execution in the context of the Mediaserver process, which has special privileges compared to regular apps.

The complete patch level brings fixes for 11 critical security flaws affecting various drivers, libraries and bootloaders, as well as dozens of fixes for less severe issues. Although Google notes that it has not received any user reports of this issue affecting any customer devices. The discussion will be in a bulletin on or before April 3.

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In addition to this, the company also announced that after October 2019, Pixel users will not receive any security updates from them.

Android gets patches for critical flaws in media handling, hardware drivers