Google has finally rolled out August 2019 Android security patch for its Pixel smartphones and Essential smartphones by Android creator Andy Rubin. The latest security patch include bug fixes and functional patches for vulnerabilities ranging between moderate to critical.
Android’s August 2019 security patch dated 2019-08-01 resolves a total of 15 issues while the one dated 2019-08-05 resolves a total of 11 issues. The most severe vulnerability in case of the former was related to the System and it could allow a remote attacker to execute a code “within the context of a privileged process.”
Another vulnerability in the Qualcomm component — CVE-2019-10492 – could allow malicious hackers to compromise the Android Kernel over-the-air, Tencent Blade, which is Tencent’s cyber security division, wrote in a blog post. As ZDNet notes, these vulnerabilities, which are also called QualPwn, are not capable of allowing hackers to launch an over-the-air attack. These means that malicious attacker can’t use these vulnerabilities to launch an attack over the internet.
That said, the publication notes that these vulnerabilities in the Qualcomm componets don’t require user interaction and hence it is advisable that the users update their smartphones as soon as possible.
Google, however, has confirmed that it has no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited or abused. “We have had no reports of active customer exploitation or abuse of these newly reported issues,” Google wrote in the Android Security Bulletin.
As far as as the Pixel and Essential smartphones are concerned, the August security patch includes improvements related to the Wi-Fi components and Sleep Mode components of the phones. Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones have received updates that improve saved Wi-Fi network configuration and Wi-Fi Captive Portal Login stability. Separately, Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL have received improvements regarding the sleep mode.
It is worth noting that while Google’s Pixel smartphones and the Essential smartphones have received the August 2019 Android security patch recently, OnePlus has already rolled out the August security patch on to its smartphones.