Google released today the Android Security Patch for October 2018, addressing multiple security vulnerabilities and fixing the most annoying issues reported by Pixel and Nexus users lately.
Consisting of the 2018-10-01 and 2018-10-05 security patch levels, the Android Security Patch for October 2018 fixes a total of 26 security vulnerability across several components, including the Android framework, media framework, system, and kernel components. The most severe vulnerability patched in this update could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.
"The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device," reads the security bulletin.
Google fixes fast-charging issues for Pixel devices
Surprising, the Android Security Patch for October 2018 doesn't fixes any security vulnerabilities specific to Pixel or Nexus devices, according to the October 2018 Pixel / Nexus Security Bulletin. But it improves fast-charging behavior for Pixel and Pixel XL devices, the performance for some protected media formats, as well as the stability of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices when using Android Auto.
Furthermore, the October 2018 Android Security Patch for Pixel and Nexus devices changes the Call Screening behavior when using Maps navigation. The Android Security Patch for October 2018 is now rolling out worldwide to all Android devices supported by Google, including the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel XL 2, Google Nexus 6P, and Google Nexus 5X, so maybe it's time to upgrade to the Pixel series soon.
It's also available for all Essential Phone users and should be coming soon to other Android phones as well. We recommend all users to install the October 2018 Android Security Patch as soon as possible. Also, please note that Google doesn't guarantee further security updates, nor telephone or online support for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X devices after November 2018.