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OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T Get New OxygenOS Update With Files by Google App, Latest Security Patch


OnePlus 8 series — including OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — as well as the OnePlus 8T have started getting the latest OxygenOS update. The update packs the October 2021 Android security patch, bug fixes, and other minor system improvements. The OxygenOS update brings the Files by Google app as well to all three devices. As usual, the update will be released for OnePlus users in a phased manner. It is rolling for global users first and Indian users are scheduled to get it soon after.

OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8T update changelog

The Chinese smartphone major detailed the changelog on the OnePlus forum. The latest update for the OnePlus 8 series — the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — comes in the form of firmware version OxygenOS 11.0.9.9 and for the OnePlus 8T as OxygenOS 11.0.10.10/11.0.11.11. But all three OnePlus handsets get similar changes with the new updates. These include the addition of Files by Google app that allows users to find files faster with search and simple browsing.

Files by Google app is a file manager app that comes with cleaning tools for freeing up space and allows users to find files with a browse feature. OnePlus is slowly moving towards integrating more Google apps to replace its own. The company earlier introduced Google’s stock dialler and messages apps instead of OxygenOS’ own to the OnePlus Nord.

The changelog mentions the OnePlus phones are also getting the October 2021 Android security patch, improved system stability, and bug fixes with the new update.

Initially, the OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 8 series will be available for Europe variants, but it will soon make its way to users in India and North America. The latest update for OnePlus 8T is currently rolling out in the North America region and will soon arrive in India and Europe.

OnePlus hasn’t mentioned the size of the latest updates. However, it is advised to update your OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8T smartphones while they are connected to a strong Wi-Fi and are put on charging. The update is scheduled to roll out in a staged manner and should reach all eligible smartphones automatically over the air automatically. Keen OnePlus users can also manually check for the…

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Android 12 w/ October security patch live, Pixel download


Alongside the new phones, Google today is launching Android 12 for current Pixel devices. In addition to Material You and revamped Quick Settings, it features the October security patch. If it hasn’t rolled out to your device yet, Google just posted the official OTA and factory images.

In the most recent Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, Google notes that “no critical security vulnerabilities affecting the Android platform were publicly disclosed without a security update or mitigation available for Android devices.” Additionally, there was an 84% year-over-year jump in security patches during Q4 2018 compared to the prior year.

  • Pixel 5a: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 5: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 4a 5G: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 4a: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 4 XL: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 4: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 3a XL: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 3a: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 3 XL: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)
  • Pixel 3: Android 12 — SP1A.210812.015, SP1A.210812.016.A1 — Factory Image (2) — OTA (2)

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Patch Tuesday, October 2021 Edition – Krebs on Security


Microsoft today issued updates to plug more than 70 security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software, including one vulnerability that is already being exploited. This month’s Patch Tuesday also includes security fixes for the newly released Windows 11 operating system. Separately, Apple has released updates for iOS and iPadOS to address a flaw that is being actively attacked.

Firstly, Apple has released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 to fix a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2021-30883) that is being leveraged in active attacks targeting iPhone and iPad users. Lawrence Abrams of Bleeping Computer writes that the flaw could be used to steal data or install malware, and that soon after Apple patched the bug security researcher Saar Amar published a technical writeup and proof-of-concept exploit that was derived from reverse engineering Apple’s patch.

Abrams said the list of impacted Apple devices is quite extensive, affecting older and newer models. If you own an iPad or iPhone — or any other Apple device — please make sure it’s up to date with the latest security patches.

Three of the weaknesses Microsoft addressed today tackle vulnerabilities rated “critical,” meaning that malware or miscreants could exploit them to gain complete, remote control over vulnerable systems — with little or no help from targets.

One of the critical bugs concerns Microsoft Word, and two others are remote code execution flaws in Windows Hyper-V, the virtualization component built into Windows. CVE-2021-38672 affects Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022; CVE-2021-40461 impacts both Windows 11 and Windows 10 systems, as well as Server versions.

But as usual, some of the more concerning security weaknesses addressed this month earned Microsoft’s slightly less dire “important” designation, which applies to a vulnerability “whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of user data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources.”

The flaw that’s under active assault — CVE-2021-40449 — is an important “elevation of privilege” vulnerability, meaning it can be leveraged in combination with…

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The LG Wing is still on the July 2021 security patch and Android 10 as it nears its first anniversary


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