Google's July security update is rolling out to Pixels, fixing a bug that let apps bypass prompts

Google has announced a new update for Pixel devices, the July 2024 update, which is now available for most Pixel phones from the Pixel 5a (5G) onwards. The update, which has a build number of AP2A.240705.004, is primarily aimed at delivering security patches outlined in the July 2024 Android Security Bulletin. The update addresses eight Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in the July 1 set, including one marked as Critical severity. This vulnerability (CVE-2024-31320) allowed third-party apps to bypass user prompts.

In addition to the security updates, the July 2024 update also includes bug fixes. These include a fix for a back gesture bug affecting all Pixel models receiving this update, as well as fixes for camera issues on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, and system stability problems on the Pixel 8, 8 Pro, and 8a. The update also brings general improvements for camera stability, system stability, and performance under certain conditions.

Google states that the update will start rolling out today, but the process may take up to a week depending on your carrier. Users can check for the update by going to Settings → System → Software updates → System update and tapping Check for update. If the update is not yet available, users can manually flash the factory image files that Google has published using Fastboot or Android Flash Tool.

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