Google kicked off 2024 with the release of patches for 58 vulnerabilities in the Android platform, along with fixes for three security bugs in Pixel devices.
The first part of Android’s January 2024 update, which arrives on devices as the 2024-01-01 security patch level, addresses ten security holes in the Framework and System components, all rated ‘high severity’.
“The most severe of these issues is a high security vulnerability in the Framework component that could lead to local escalation of privilege with no additional execution privileges needed,” Google notes in its advisory.
The security update resolves five flaws in the Framework component, including four elevation of privilege and one information disclosure bug. Five other issues were addressed in the System component, including one elevation of privilege and four information disclosure defects.
The second part of the update, the 2024-01-05 security patch level, includes patches for 48 vulnerabilities in Arm, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Unisoc, and Qualcomm components.
While most of the resolved bugs have a severity rating of ‘high’, three issues in Qualcomm components are rated ‘critical’.
All devices running a security patch level of 2024-01-05 are patched against all these flaws, as well as the vulnerabilities addressed with previous Android security updates.
This month, Google patched three security defects impacting Pixel devices, all in Qualcomm components and all rated ‘medium severity’.
Pixel devices running a security patch level of 2024-01-05 are patched against these flaws and all the bugs detailed in Android’s January 2024 security bulletin.
Google also announced fixes for one high-severity vulnerability in Wear OS, addressed as part of an update that also includes the patches from Android’s January 2024 security update.
All these flaws were also addressed with an update to the 2024-01-05 patch level for Pixel Watch devices.
The internet giant makes no mention of any of these vulnerabilities being exploited in attacks. However, users are advised to update their devices as soon as possible.