At the start of the month, Google has released the May 2021 security update bulletin. Alongside, it has also started rolling out this latest security to the supported Pixel device.
You can view the May 2021 Android Security Bulletin here, which details a variety of security vulnerabilities, ranging in severity from moderate to severe. One of the most serious vulnerabilities in the Android framework may allow local malicious applications to bypass user interaction requirements and gain access to other permissions.
There are also issues involving Android Media Framework, Android System, and certain closed source components from vendors such as Qualcomm and MediaTek. As we have seen in the past, many of the disclosed vulnerabilities do not provide additional documentation to explain what is affected and how the patch solves the problem.
In addition to providing information about the vulnerabilities in the general Android security update bulletin, Google also exposed the problems faced by Pixel devices. The “Pixel Update Announcement” highlights some moderate issues, and seems to affect the Android kernel components, Qualcomm components related to the camera, and Qualcomm closed source components.
This month’s list is actually relatively small, and all lists are classified as moderate. Unlike last month, Google did not highlight any important fixes, but we will update it once that information is available. Last month, Google highlighted issues related to camera quality in certain third-party applications and performance optimization of certain graphics-intensive applications and games.
Google said that the May 2021 security update will be rolled out in phases, depending on your carrier and device, so you may not see it right away. The search giant said that once there is a notification, you should be notified.
- Pixel 3 (XL): RQ2A.210505.002
- Pixel 3a (XL): RQ2A.210505.002
- Pixel 4 (XL): RQ2A.210505.002
- Pixel 4a: RQ2A.210505.002
- Pixel 4a (5G): RQ2A.210505.003
- Pixel 5: RQ2A.210505.003