September Android Security Update OTAs Starting to Arrive

Just two days after their initial release, the Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for the September Android Security Update are starting to hit Nexus devices.  While they are sporadic at this early point, owners of Nexus devices should start looking for the updates to hit their devices over the course of the next week.  In my case, my Nexus 6 (running Marshmallow) was updated while my Nexus 9 (running Nougat) also received its update to the 09-06-2016 patch.

It should be noted that not all Nexus devices have received their Nougat update yet so it is possible that you could get a double OTA update over the course of the next week or two.

As I covered in my post on Tuesday on these patches, there are three different patches that are being made available to manufactures as Google pushes them to get these updates out quickly.

September Android Security Update on the Nexus 9

September Android Security Update on the Nexus 9

According to the Security Bulletin released by the Android team, the patch 2016-09-01 will primarily deal with remote code execution and elevation of privileges within the Android platform.  This patch contains two critical updates and five high priority updates.

The 2016-09-05 patch deals with kernel related elevation of privilege issues as well as some driver related vulnerabilities from Qualcomm and other drivers.  This patch contains four critical fixes

and 16 high priority fixes.

Finally, the 2016-09-06 patch contains everything that is in the previous two patches as well as a fix for a elevation of privilege issue in the kernel shared memory subsystem as well as a fix for a Qualcomm networking component.

There isn’t much you can do other than wait for the update to hit your Nexus device.  You can always go to Settings>About Android and tap on System Update to see if you can force the download but waiting is usually the best option.

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