Like clockwork, the latest security patch is now rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices. It’s the November 7th, 2016 security patch and it’ll be available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The Verizon version of the Pixels are also getting the update to the November Security patch today. For the Pixel and Pixel XL, we’re seeing builds NDE63U, NDE63V and NDE63X. Verizon’s are getting NDE63X. All of these are based on Android 7.1 Nougat. All other devices are seeing Android 7.0 Nougat, with the Nexus 6 getting build NBD91P, Nexus 9 getting NRD91N, Nexus Player with NRD91N, Nexus 5X with build NRD91N, Nexus 6P with NBD91K and the Pixel C getting NRD91N.
This security patch fixed a slew of critical vulnerabilities that affect Google devices. They are all listed in the security bulletin (in the source link below), but Google doesn’t go into heavy detail about them. And this is to protect devices that don’t have the update yet, so that hackers aren’t able to take advantage of these vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities that was patched was a remote code execution in mediaserver, and a remote code execution in Qualcomm’s crypto driver. Among many others. Anything that can execute code remotely is automatically a critical vulnerability and typically gets fixed right away, as Google has done with this patch. Now there are three sets of vulnerabilities patched here. A big number were patched on November 1st, another set on November 5th and one last vulnerability on November 6th.
Those of you with a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL, you can download the update now, as the builds are available. You can choose to sideload the OTA or do a full factory image. Both are pretty easy to do. But remember with a factory image you’ll essentially be doing a factory reset and losing all of the data on your smartphone. So it’s important to back it up beforehand. Hit the links down below to get your OTA’s downloaded and your factory images. Or you can wait for the OTA to hit your device, which should happen fairly quickly.