Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P Major Security Threats Get Patched by Google
Everyone was stunned when Google decided to launch January’s security patch ahead of time. Well, it looks like there’s a good reason for that. A report from the security analyst team named IBM X-Force showed that Google’s own Nexus 6 and 6P were affected by a major exploit. After Android 7.1.1 Nougat rolled out, the security team tested all of Google’s devices and they were surprised to see that a huge threat managed to slip through the cracks.
This exploit was based in Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and it allowed hackers to install malicious software which monitored the targeted device’s entire activity. This didn’t only resume to stealing data, but also tracking Android users trough GPS or even placing calls. Also, worth mentioning is that this exploit could have been used by only hackers that had physical access to a targeted Nexus 6 or 6P. Physical access was required in order to connect the device to a PC via USB.
As soon as this report came to light, Google quickly got on top of this problem and rolled out January’s security patch which fixed exactly this problem among other minor threats. Google actually moved so fast that Android users didn’t even hear about it before it was included in the patch notes. On the bright side, there are no reports to show that someone was affected by this exploit.
Nonetheless, it’s great seeing how fast Google patched this issue. It’s safe to say that Google puts a high price on Android security, especially since it launches a monthly security patch. Android users can be sure that a major security flaw like this one will never slip through the cracks again. Although Google’s monthly patches enhance Android’s security, we advise Android users to try and avoid connecting their devices to an unknown PC.