Google Nexus devices to get monthly security updates
MANILA, Philppines – Google is ramping up efforts to provide a safe space for its users following the release of information behind the Stagefright vulnerabilities which security experts called “the worst Android vulnerabilities discovered to date.”
According to an August 5 post on Google’s Android blog, Nexus devices will receive monthly device updates in addition to updates to the Android platform.
The company explained that the first update of this kind, which would also fix Stagefright issues, rolled out Wednesday for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player.
This first update also appears to be comprehensive. Aside from remedying Stagefright vulnerabilities, the update is expected to fix issues in bulletins provided to partners through July 2015.
"Nexus devices will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store,” Google added.
These fixes will be released to the public via the Android Open Source Project.
For non-Nexus devices, Google has had a different system in place to allow for relatively quick patching.
According to the company, it has been notifying Android manufacturers of security issues monthly through bulletins meant to prompt companies to action.
Whether Android makers actually follow through, however, may be dependent on asking the manufacturers themselves.
For its part, Samsung will also implement a new Android security process. The process – which is set to regularly occur monthly – fast tracks security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are found. – Rappler.com
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