Last month, it was revealed a major security concern related to WPA2 encryption existed which affected just about every device that connects to WI-FI using a modern router. Tech companies have been scrambling to patch the exploit known as KRACK.
Google announced the fix for KRACK would be released as part of a security update for Android 8.0 Oreo. As of yesterday, the company has posted the official factory images for their latest flagship device, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but many mistook the images for October's security update.
Both devices started shipping last week with September's security patch, which does not address the KRACK vulnerability. Initially, there was some confusion when the images labelled "Oct 2017" were posted on the Google Developers website, but these were not the security update images.
Google creates updated Android builds that are available for its devices every month, which may account for why most assumed the Pixel 2 patches were security updates. It's possible that because there are twice as many builds available for Google's latest devices, compared to last year's Pixel and Pixel XL led to some confusion.
It's likely the Pixel 2 devices will forgo an October Security update, so users should be on the lookout for a security patch in November, which should include a fix for the KRACK exploit, with the security update landing on other devices when manufacturers adjust the changes to their forks of Android.
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