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Factory images arrive for March’s security update

March’s security update will resolve a number of known exploits, including one critical security vulnerability.

Published onMarch 7, 2016

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We haven’t received March’s security update from Google quite yet, but since they’re going to be rolling out soon, the search giant has released factory images for the update. We’ve got new images for the Pixel C (MXC15G), Nexus 5X (MHC19J and MMB29V), Nexus Player (MMB29V), Nexus 9 (MMB29V), Nexus 5 (MMB29V), Nexus 7 (2013, MMB29V), and Nexus 10 (LMY49H). We don’t have anything for the Nexus 6P yet, but the Nexus 6 is covered (MMB29V).

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March’s security update will resolve a number of known vulnerabilities, including one critical security vulnerability that would have allowed for remote code execution through a variety of methods including email, MMS, and web browsing when the device would process a media file. Although there haven’t been any reports of this attack being used in the wild, it’s reassuring to hear that the vulnerability is receiving a much needed fix. Over the air updates will be coming along in short order.

If you’d like to go ahead and flash these images to your Nexus device, you can find all the necessary files and instructions right over here. If you want to get the full rundown on this update, check out Google’s official release statement on the Android blog. In the meantime, let us know what you think of March’s security update in the comments below. Was that noted vulnerability something you were concerned about?

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