We're early in 2018 and already seeing monthly patches for Google's Pixel and Nexus Android devices. Security vulnerabilities have been addressed, with the latest security bulletin having information on all of those issues in very specific detail (including the level of severity, in case you're interested).
The OTA files can be used to manually update your device while maintaining all of your current files. If you go with system images instead of OTA, just note that it will wipe all data from the device. The main requirement to flash a system image is that you must have an unlocked bootloader.
The Android Security Bulletin for January 2018 mentions the most severe issue that is fixed with these patches:
The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Media framework that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device, assuming the platform and service mitigations are turned off for development purposes or if successfully bypassed.
Even though they go on to say that there is currently no evidence of this being exploited, it is always recommended to be on the latest security patch available.
You can download them from the links below:
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