Nexus models to get a mid-month security update from Google

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A special mid-month security update is being pushed out by Google to protect Nexus handsets after it was discovered that a flaw in the Linux kernel could be exploited by an app used to root the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. This raised alarms at Google as the flaw and the exploit were tagged as a Critical severity issue, and the security update was sent to Google’s Android partners and AOSP.

Google’s Verify apps have been able to block the rooting apps that exploit the flaw from being installed inside or outside the Google Play Store. Any Android device using Linux kernel version 3.18 or higher is …