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Mid-month security patch coming to Nexus devices

Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 Android phablet gets a new security update
Google Nexus 6
The discovery of an exploit that could harm the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 has led to the release of a new security patch, the second to go live this month.
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Those who claim that Android is not secure enough should think twice before saying that again since Google has released two security updates this month instead of one. However, the second patch comes as an emergency update and its arrival is caused by the discovery of an exploit that could compromise the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 handsets.

According to Google's Android security advisory published on March 18th, the company "has confirmed the existence of a publicly available rooting application that abuses this vulnerability on Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 to provide the device user with root privileges." The report about the exploit in question has reached Google on March 15th, but the vulnerability was known, and a patch had been issued on March 16th to Google partners. Even more, Android has been patched to block the installation of vulnerable code via Google Play, but also outside of Google Play.

While Android devices that use Linux kernel 3.18 or higher are not vulnerable, the advisory "applies to all unpatched Android devices on kernel versions 3.4, 3.10 and 3.14, including all Nexus devices." Nexus devices should get updated today or tomorrow while third-party handsets should follow soon as well.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-21 (Update: 2016-03-21)