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Sunk, Android can be hacked through a picture from the Internet

Google developers have reported in their blog about the critical Android vulnerability, which allowed access to the smartphone using a regular PNG file.

Who is subject to hacking

Absolutely all devices running Android 7 Nougat and above .

How it works

For hacking, you need a specially configured PNG image. It is able to execute arbitrary codein a privileged process.

Details in the company did not disclose for obvious reasons. The only thing known is that the vulnerability is hidden in the PNG codec.

How to protect

You need to install the February security update , which Google began to send out this week. While it is available on smartphones Pixel, Essential Phone and some models of Samsung Galaxy.

The rest will have to wait for an update from manufacturers. Knowing them, it may not happen very quickly. B – security. The Register ]

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