Android security patches are the most important updates that try to fix the vulnerabilities and security loop holes in the Android OS. Google and many other smartphone manufacturers have made a commitment for monthly update pattern for the devices. But unlike the Mountain View company, other OEMs typically takes months to deliver the security patch updates to its consumers.
Google is right on schedule and has now posted the May 2017 Android security patch for a number of the Nexus range of devices and the Google Pixel, Pixel XL as well. The update will be available in both factory image form and OTA form. Google as per usual has provided two security level strings-Security patch level 2017-05-01 (partial security update) that ensure all vulnerabilities up to the 2017-05-01 date have been addressed, and security patch string 2016-05-05 (the full security patch for this month) that illustrate all issues until 2017-05-05 date have been fixed.
According to Google, the most severe issue patched in this update is a security vulnerability that could possibly enable remote code execution when browsing, using email or MMS. The company, however, notes that there are no reports of customers being affected by these new security issues as of yet. The OTA updates will be rolled out to Google and Nexus devices in the coming days. Meanwhile, if the users want to flash it manually the factory images and full OTAs are available on the Android Developer site.
Google has listed the following version of Pixel and Nexus devices for the May Android security update- Pixel XL Android 7.1.2 —N2G47O, N2G47T, NHG47L; Pixel Android 7.1.2 —N2G47O, N2G47T, NHG47L; Pixel C Android 7.1.2 —N2G47O. In addition, the update will be available for Nexus 6P Android 7.1.2 —N2G47O; Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 —N2G47O; Nexus Player Android 7.1.2 — N2G47R; Nexus 6: Android 7.1.1— N6F27C; Nexus 9(LTE) Android 7.1.1 —N4F27B; Nexus 9(Wi-Fi) Android 7.1.1 —N4F27B.