Google has been following through with its promise of providing monthly security patches for Nexus devices. Last month’s was bundled with Android 6.0.1 and the January security updates are arriving today. The updates are based on Android 6.0.1, so don’t expect any new user facing features or even other tweaks.

In their January security bulletin, Google lists fixes for 12 security bugs found by their internal teams and other independent security researchers. The severity of the bugs ranges from moderate to critical. A vulnerability in mediaserver that would allow a malicious file to run remote code appears to be the most serious issue being patched up.

Those with Nexus phones should be receiving the OTA within the next few days. Those who are extra security minded can download the factory images now:

If you need help flashing factory images, check out our guide. Before you do, keep in mind that flashing your device will wipe any data on it. For most users, this is not worth the hassle and waiting for the OTA would be the wiser option. With more devices getting updated to Marshmallow, other users should begin to see the benefits of monthly security updates.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Abner Li

Editor-in-chief. Interested in the minutiae of Google and Alphabet. Tips/talk: