This article explains about Android security patches and why are they important. The definition is explained in simple ways so newbies can easily understand. Some points of its importance have also included within this article. Hence, make sure you read it properly to enhance your knowledge on Android mobile operating system.
A security patch is basically included within a new version update obtained by users via either OTA mechanism or a full ROM package. It is a piece of software designed especially to update a device program adding some improvement and enhancement. This mostly includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs found in previous version. You may have also been familiar with the terms: bugfixes or bug fixes. This kind of fixes is usually bundled in every release of new ROM update. In fact, most of new firmware or ROM updates are released due to new bug fixes. It is inevitable that new bugs always come up and been found while the time passes. Well, you know, there is no such thing in this world truly perfect.
Checking Security Patch
How to check the version of security patch installed on your phone? Well, this is vary and the exact ways to do it depend on which device you use. For instance, in a Xiaomi device, this can be checked via Settings >> About phone >> then look for the “Android Security Patch Level” – right below the “Android Version”.
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
Abbreviated as CVE, it is basically a catalog of known security threats sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Additionally, the known threats are divided into two categories: Vulnerabilities and Exposures. To make cataloging CVE easier, all known vulnerability and exposure are codified into what so-called CVE Identifiers a.k.a “CVE names“, “CVE numbers“, “CVE-IDs“, and “CVEs“. In a nutshell, CVE Identifiers are just common identifiers for publicly known information-security vulnerabilities in publicly released software packages.
Where can we check for latest security patches?
You can find them at https://source.android.com/security/bulletin/
Checking out the latest security patches level at that page allows you to keep updated on monthly device updates. The page contains the available Android Security Bulletins, which provide fixes for possible issues affecting devices running Android. However, fixes from SOC manufacturers are available directly from the manufacturers. That means you cannot pick the latest patch(es) from Android Security Bulletin page but you have to obtain the update directly from your phone’s manufacturer.
The point is, to be always updated and try to not missing any security update.
These top 3 reasons give you a valid justification of why you should always keep updated:
- There have some viruses targeting Android devices. To name them a view: QuadRoot, Spectre, Meltdown, etc. are the perfect examples. These viruses could have harmed your device on a serious level. Therefore, patches are absolutely necessary.
- System Updates also bring newer Android versions at times. It means you can be more productive. New Android version may also help you to save storage, memory, etc. Remember that there are always reasons why either Google or phone manufacturer releases newer version of ROM/Firmware.
- Nevertheless, if you do not received new updates every month, just keep calm and need no worry. Some phone manufacturer like Motorola has decided against monthly update. Alternatively, the new security patch are rolled multiple patches together into a single one as a big update. One thing for sure, there is always update no matter when it will be released. The only thing you have to do is to immediately update your phone when a new security patch is released.
Some phones throw and option to ignore updating your phone. Again, never ignore a new firmware / ROM update especially if it includes security patches.