BlackBerry starts rolling out January Android security update

BlackBerry starts rolling out January Android security update
It looks like BlackBerry is among the first non-Google OEMs to push the newest security update for Android devices. The Canadian company has just announced the January security patch released early this month is available for all BlackBerry smartphones purchased through its online store.

The update is likely to be available at some carriers as well, but we've only been able to confirm AT&T users have started to receive the security patch.

According to BlackBerry, the latest update is meant to address multiple vulnerabilities in BlackBerry smartphones running Android OS. Specifically, there are several vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm components, which should be patched in the January security update.

An elevation of privilege vulnerability in the kernel memory subsystem, which could enable a local malicious app to execute arbitrary code within the context of the kernel, has been addressed in the update.

Similar vulnerabilities found in the Qualcomm bootloader, GPU driver, camera, Wi-Fi and sound drivers have been patched as well.

Make sure to download and update your Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone to the latest security patch as soon as it become available, in order to avoid any security issues. Also, you can check out the full list of vulnerabilities fixed in this update at the link below.

source: BlackBerry

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131 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Even though blackberry is the most secure platform, it isn't exempt from the typical Android vulnerabilities that are out there. Good move with keeping up with the patches blackberry.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Even though blackberry is the most secure platform, it isn't exempt from the typical Android vulnerabilities that are out there." Really? Do you even hear yourself? BlackBerry's Secured Android handsets are well exempt from the typical Android vulnerabilities out there, because BlackBerry's Secured Android devices aren't like the typical Android smartphone out there. Don't get me wrong, BlackBerry's Secured Android handsets could be hit by Android vulnerabilities, but the said vulnerabilities would be extraordinary ones, not the typical ones which are hitting the typical Android smartphones out there. And I'm not a BlackBerry fan, to begin with... so do not attempt the "cornball" projection which you love doing.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

100% agree with you. +1 for the truth.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hey MG, what's up! Have you gotten the DTEK60 yet?

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

What's up, bruh? Ordered my DTEK60 earlier this week! It shall be arriving soon.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Okay, let me know how it goes... I mean your user experience with it. I've thought about owning a DTEK60 too, but not sure yet.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll definitely let you know.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Smh of course you would.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because it's the truth... But of course you wouldn't, and I couldn't care less the reason why.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

And? So I agreed with him for posting a fact. What, I should agree with someone ignorant of the facts like you? Never going to happen.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You saw who it was and it became business as usual. Don't waste my time man.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Business as usual" was you spewing your normal ignorant BS like in your post #1. Stop playing the victim role you've become so famous for.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not playing the victim. I don't really see what was so wrong about my comment.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are playing the victim, and I really don't see the problem with me agreeing with someone that posted facts.

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not playing the victim. I made a point, but it seems like both of you didn't quite understand it.

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are playing the victim, and now you're all in your feelings because I agreed with someone that posted facts that corrected your ignorance.

83. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you agreed with someone because it was against something I said. That's the only reason why.

91. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're paranoid. I agreed with someone because they told the truth, and wasn't ignorant of it like you are.

101. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Paranoid of what? I have nothing to be paranoid about. You're the one who continues to attack just because you misunderstood me.

109. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Quit playing the hypocritical, paranoid victim. No one attacked you, but if I did, you're the last one to have anything to say about it, especially since you attack people on an almost daily basis here.

92. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Edit.

100. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Fail.

110. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you are a fail.

118. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's what the doctor told you at birth.

125. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's what the doctor told your parents about you as soon as you were conceived.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aren't you doing exactly what you told me not to do in a previous blackberry article? BlackBerry Android phones had to be patched before because of a recent Android vulnerability. http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-last-to-close-Freak-vulnerability_id67288/comments?post=1136531#post_1136531 "And I'm not a BlackBerry fan, to begin with... so do not attempt the "cornball" projection which you love doing." I never said you were? The user in question is actually a doppelganger of a Blackberry fan.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I never said you were? The user in question is actually a doppelganger of a Blackberry fan." You never I am, but I still said that anyways, in order to get you to spare me the usual trollish rants you project at BlackBerry fans.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Uh what? What are you talking about?

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, that wasn't even about BlackBerry Secured Android handsets. Oh, by the way, your faux accounts "alphagenius" and "TheRealGeniusOne" say hello.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was a mistake. I posted the correct link below, jplightning.

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