Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P The Latest Nougat Update Is Ridden With Security Flaws
One of the advantages of owning a Nexus device is the fact that Google is the company in charge of directing it. This means that Nexus users will be among the first ones to receive the latest Android operating system updates. Well, it looks like this isn’t always a good thing. Recent reports have been showing that Google’s latest Nougat update includes a major security flaw that affects Nexus 6 and 6P phones.
The IBM Security X-Force team just reported that after going through a bunch of security tests on Nexus 6 and 6P, both devices have been found to be vulnerable to hacker attacks. There is a security breach in both devices which is based in the Android bootloader. The security analysts are pointing out that by using Android bootloader, hackers can forcefully put the devices into a special boot mode which allows them to access all the user information. In fact, using this method hackers can actually intercept calls or use the GPS to locate users.
This exploit can only be accessed by hackers that have direct contact with the designated Nexus 6 and 6P. The hacker has to physically connect the device to a PC. Also, the targeted device must have the Android Debug Bridge interface enabled. On the bright side, this is quite unlikely for hackers to get access to someone’s smartphone this way.
Nonetheless, Google needs to get on top of this problem ASAP and fix this major threat. The best solution would be for Google to roll out an OTA (over the air) software update that contains a fix for this security issue. Knowing what position Google holds in regards to security, we can be sure that a software update is coming.