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February Android security updates now rolling out to Google Nexus devices

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February Android security updates now rolling out to Google Nexus devices
Earlier today, Google announced that it has started rolling out the February Android security OTA updates to its Nexus family of devices. 

The Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2013) are now being updated to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow build number MMB29Q. 

The update is rolling out for the Google Pixel C (build MXB48T), Google Nexus 9 (build MMB29R), and the Google Nexus Player (MMB29U). Interestingly, the three-year-old Google Nexus 10 is also getting this security update through Android 5.1.1 build number LMY49G.

If you can't wait for the OTA to reach your device, you can head on over to the source link below and download the factory images. Just note that flashing a factory image will wipe it clean of your personal data.

The official blog post that announced the February security update for Android says that no less than ten security holes have been plugged in this new update. Five of the patched vulnerabilities are listed as "critical", which is worse type of vulnerability there is.

Two of the critical vulnerabilities which have been patched in the February security update are related to the Android Mediaserver. This component, which deals with media interpretation, has been at the center of numerous vulnerabilities, including the popular Stagefright exploits. Note that this is not the first time that the Android Mediaserver has been patched through a security update. In fact, most of Google's Android security updates have patched one hole or the other in the media component.

Google says that it has encountered no evidence of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild, but it's still a very good idea to have the holes plugged just in case. For a full analysis of the patch and the security issues that it addresses, head on over to the source link below.

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posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:45

1. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I just want 5.1.1 on my S5 already... Damn.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:51 4

2. leotrim (Posts: 22; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)

u will get 6.0.1 man just wait :D

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:56

3. Shocky (unregistered)

Pixel C gets security update, not to sound ungrateful but how about a touch-screen fix first.

Unacceptable for a £400+ device, especially from Google.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:58

4. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)

I can't wait see the new release from Apple, BlackBerry, LG, Samsung, Sony and many more.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:00 2

5. Settings (Posts: 2333; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

Android One should be mentioned as well.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:06 1

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 16601; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Nice to see Google pushing out Android security updates in such a timely fashion, as promised, to its Nexus line of smartphones. I think it's also worth noting that BlackBerry has released their monthly Android security update for the Priv today, as well:


Hopefully, other Android OEM's that are committed to monthly security updates will follow suit shortly.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 19:11 3

7. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Same with Xiamoi

BlackBerry and Xiamoi even released the January security update before Google did

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 20:09 1

8. meanestgenius (Posts: 16601; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Awesome! It's great to see smartphone OEM's taking such an initiative as far security is concerned.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 22:25

9. chenski (Posts: 554; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)

Argh I'm overseas at the moment, will have to wait until i get back

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