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Google Commits to Monthly Android Security Patches


News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 06, 2015.

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It seems as though Google and Samsung have been in talks over the recent vulnerabilities in the Android platform. Google's OS was found to have what?s been dubbed the Stagefright vulnerability where hackers can use a MMS to secure control of an Android handset. Samsung revealed that it would now start sending monthly security patches to its devices and Google has now followed suit by saying it will do the same.

These monthly security patches will be different to overall platform updates and fixes, which will still be sent out every few months (major builds every year). These monthly upgrades will tackle any vulnerabilities as they are found and will hopefully make Android more secure overall. However, there is a fairly big caveat.

Google has long said that all of the security issues on the platform are because third party vendors mess with stock Android, which the company says leaves the factory (so to speak) completely secure. Mountain View would prefer stock Android on all devices, so there?s little surprise to see that the monthly patches will only be for stock Android devices. That of course limits them to Google?s own Nexus range, namely the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player.

Google says the patches will be issued from 3 years after a product is launched and 18 months once it is purchased from the store.

 
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