BlackBerry has begun the rollout of the latest security patch, which is for the month of March. The security patch is being rolled out to the company's lineup of Android devices, and this consists of three smartphones, including the BlackBerry Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60. As for the latest smartphone from the company, the BlackBerry KEYOne, it is not included as it isn't available for purchase yet. The security update was first announced by the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team (BBSIRT) on its official Twitter account, with the statement "BlackBerry's March
#30dayPatchingSMR is live". SMR stands for Security Maintenance Releases, and the statement which is accompanied by the hashtag indicated that the company has managed to fix all issues within a month of it being discovered.
If you own any of the aforementioned BlackBerry devices, your security patch level string should be the March 5th, 2017 version once updating your device. In the March security patch, many vulnerabilities have been patched, and this includes issues with the location manager, Wi-Fi, Qualcomm Drivers, and also with the NFC function. You may read the complete security bulletin by clicking on the source below. The security update is being pushed out as an OTA update, so it might take a couple of days before you receive it, and you will be notified by the system, prompting you to install the latest updates. However, you may also manually check if the update is indeed ready for your device, by heading to Settings. From there, simply tap on About Phone, and you should see a System Updates option. Select it and it will indicate whether the update is indeed ready for your device or not. However, if you're using a BlackBerry device from a carrier, you may not receive the update, as the security patch is only being pushed out to devices bought directly from the company.
BlackBerry is known for the security of its devices, and it is one of the main selling points of its smartphones. The company usually pushes security patches to its Android smartphones as soon as they are made available. It should be noted that Google published the March 2017 Android Security Bulletin a couple of days back and there are two security patch level strings. One being the March 1st security patch level string and the other being the March 5th security patch level string.