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:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus Player
- Nexus 9 (LTE)
- Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi)
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi)
- Nexus 7 2013 (Mobile)
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.
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