Google has now started to launch the March Android security update for compatible pixel and Nexus models. The new update is made for devices with Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. It resolves a total of 37 issues, as well as improvements specifically for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models. In addition to its availability as an over-the-air (OTA) roll-out, Google has released factory image and OTA zip files for the latest Android updates.
You can check the availability of Android security updates for March on your eligible pixel or Nexus device by going to Settings> System updates. Alternatively, OTA zip files that can be installed on the device with an unlock boot loader. OTA zip files can also be side loaded at the top of existing software versions. It mainly helps to maintain user data. However, if you are a supporter, you can select updated factory images. Before backing up the update via a factory image, you are recommended to back up your data.
According to the Android Security Bulletin for the month of March, the March security update of March 2018-03-01 has 16 issues resolved in the patch level, while 2018-03-05 is 21 issues of patch level. Weaknesses range from high to significant, and are related to the most serious media framework, which could allow a remote attacker to operate an arbitrary code through “crafted file”. Importantly, Google notes that there are no reports of exploitation or misuse of any active customer in recent issues.
In addition to the general safety enhancements, pixel 2 and pixel 2 XL fingerprint unlock, along with better crash reporting, have received better screen wake-up performance. In addition, while recording video, pixel 2 XL audio performance has improved.