BlackBerry pushes out June security update for Android phones purchased from the manufacturer

BlackBerry pushes out June security update for Android phones purchased from the manufacturer
A tweet sent out today from the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team (SIRT), indicates that the manufacturer has started rolling out the June security update for Android powered BlackBerry models that were purchased from the Shop BlackBerry website. Handsets bought from carriers or retailers will have to follow the update schedule conducted by those phone sellers. With BlackBerry focused on promoting its Android handsets as the most secure to employ the operating system, the company has made a strong effort to keep its security updates up-to-date.

The phones receiving the update include the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry DTEK50, BlackBerry DTEK60 and the recently released BlackBerry KEYone. After the update is installed on your phone, the security patch level will read June 5th, 2017. You can double check to make sure that the new security patch has been loaded onto your 'Berry by going to Settings> About Phone.

This should be treated like any other OTA update, meaning that once you receive notification that it has arrived on your 'Berry, you need to make sure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi signal. At the same time, your battery should be charged to 100%

Receiving timely security updates is a good reason why you might want to consider buying your next BlackBerry directly from the company. You can check out the Shop BlackBerry website by clicking on this link.

BlackBerry's Android powered handsets purchased unlocked directly from BlackBerry, have received their June security update

BlackBerry's Android powered handsets purchased unlocked directly from BlackBerry, have received their June security update


source: @BBSIRT, BlackBerry via CrackBerry

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109 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great to see that BlackBerry is pushing out the security patches at the same rate as Google is with its branded devices. While OS updates are great, the quick monthly security patches are better, imo, as they keep your device safe, secure, and functioning smoothly. I also have to add that it's not just BlackBerry devices purchased straight from shop.blackberry or Amazon.com that's getting them first, as my unlocked AT&T branded BlackBerry PRIV has received it as well. Got it earlier today.

3. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1140; Member since: May 01, 2017

I also prefer to have monthly security updates over the latest OS, which a majority of the time are nothing but layout changes and a couple of features that doesn't really change how the phone operates. Spec Monkeys will judge a phone solely on if the OS is the most current version or not

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. Totally agree.

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Oh yeah sure, if you consider Google Assistant to just be a layout change. Don't downplay updates just because BlackBerry is lagging far behind with Nougat.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't downplay the importance of security updates just because most other OEM's are lagging behind on them.

36. vincelongman

Posts: 5591; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hey meanestgenius, What's your opinion on there supposedly being no substance to BlackBerry's privacy and security claims according to CopperheadOS. This stuff is more technical than my knowledge Supposedly: *The so-called "secret sauce" from BlackBerry are ancient grsecurity patches which offer no benefits as they didn't port it for the modern 64-bit architecture *Some changes are actually detrimental and ruins verity (making the trusted layer checks file based) *Nougat has major security changes (e.g. mediaserver split/sandboxing) which existing BlackBerry Android phones do not have, since they are all still on Marshmallow https://twitter.com/CopperheadOS/status/870428149477253121

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should read my comments in this article, as well as Subie's. That opinion was already shut down.

40. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Don't pick fights you can't win.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Take your own advice.

68. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You first.

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

After you, ma'am. Ladies first.

89. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Lead the way, then.

91. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

I was always taught that ladies go first. Even the ugly ones like you.

101. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Then lead the way, b****.

105. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

After you, dckrider. I insist.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5591; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO you need both Security updates are hot fixes. Like patching up a leak in an old house OS updates can include rewrites. Like renovating a whole wall to make it less prone to future leaks e.g. Nougat bought a complete rewrite of mediaserver That's something Blackberry phones with Marshmallow are missing

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry phones with Marshmallow also have extra layers of security provided by BlackBerry that keep their handsets as secure as handsets running Nougat.

69. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

That's just an excuse.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Someone as uneducated as you would say that.

88. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Clearly the education system has done nothing for you.

90. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, that's what the teachers told your parents about you.

100. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

"No You." Pretty much what you meant, alphageek.

104. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pot, meet kettle. Pretty much applies to you, mxyzptlk.

32. andynaija

Posts: 1242; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Yup, I was actually surprised to get the update on time today, looks like everything's back on schedule!

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

It was awesome to see my AT&T branded unlocked PRIV get the security update at the same time that my GSM unlocked one got it.

2. Alter

Posts: 216; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Blackberry has been nothing short of impressive with their dedication to quickly pushing monthly security updates to their phones.

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I commend BlackBerry for keeping security updates going, but I don't see anything about Nougat coming for the devices that don't have it. I can probably assume, reasonably of course, that Nougat won't be coming any time soon. And before you cry because I'm singling out blackberry, I'm not. It's not fair as a consumer to be out of the loop when it comes to Android updates.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21203; Member since: May 28, 2014

Actually, you are singling BlackBerry out, as you have yet to mention the same about other Android OEM's that haven't updated their eligible handsets, but you sure do cry about it on every BlackBerry article that talks about security updates, mxyzptlk. But don't let the fact that you keep crying and singling BlackBerry out with your hate even though you've never used a BlackBerry Android handset (and never will) interrupt a good story. Carry on.

9. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Stop being a fanboy for once in your life, Jesus. Nougat is a substantial security improvement over Marshmallow. They're missing crucial security features like mediaserver split/sandboxing. The fact that my Axon 7 has 7.1.1 and the DTEK60 with similar specs is stuck on Nougat lets me now where Blackberries priorities are. Any phone with Nougat and a 2017 security patch is "safer" than Blackberries (aside from KeyOne).

10. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

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