Who says beginning of the month says deployment of the new Android security update. As usual, the Google Pixel are the first smartphones to benefit from it. From the Pixel 4 in any case, since the Pixel 2 and 3 no longer get updates by the manufacturer.
According to information shared by Google, the July 2022 Android security patch fixes several important vulnerabilities. In particular, there are two CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) fixed in the Framework section of Android 12, 12L, 11 and 10. Once exploited, they could lead to the disclosure of location information without the need to access any permission.
Some Google Pixel users may now use more VoLTE calling options thanks to the July 2022 update
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At the system level, “the most severe vulnerability in this section could lead to remote code execution without requiring additional execution privileges,” Google says. In total, Google released patches for 9 flaws in the system section, while a vulnerability in the Google Play system was also patched. There are also several flaws in the components of the chip manufacturers, namely seven at Mediatek and five at Qualcomm.
Four vulnerabilities were also found in Unisoc components, a Chinese company specializing in the manufacture of semiconductors. Note also that with this Android security update, Google took the opportunity to activate VoLTE on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions. As a reminder, this technology allows calls to be made via 4G. Extremely practical when the signal is weak for example.
As a reminder, you can find your device’s Android version number, security patch level, and Google Play system updates in the Settings app. You can check the availability of these updates. To do this, go to System, then System update.
The full list of Pixel devices and software updates they receive during the deployment is as follows:
- Pixel 4 (XL): SQ3A.220705.003.A1
- Pixel 4a: SQ3A.220705.003.A1
- Pixel 4a (5G): SQ3A.220705.003.A1
- Pixel 5: SQ3A.220705.003.A1
- Pixel 5a (5G): SQ3A.220705.003.A1
- Pixel 6: SQ3A.220705.003
- Pixel 6 Pro: SQ3A.220705.003