Vulnerabilities exposed! Govt warns Android users against hackers; update now

The Indian Government has issued a new high severity warning for Android 9, Android 10, Android 11 and Android 12 users. Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in the operating system which can be exploited by hackers to steal sensitive information and personal data.

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The warning said, “these vulnerabilities exist in the Android OS due to flaws in the Media Codec and Media Framework components in Google Play system updates, Framework Components, System Components, Kernel Components, Qualcomm components, Qualcomm closed-source components and MediaTek components.”

As per the government warning, ‘the attacker to execute arbitrary code, obtain sensitive information, gain elevated privileges and cause denial of service conditions on the targeted system if these vulnerabilities are exploited.’

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Google has acknowledged and accepted these vulnerabilities in the Android OS. Google said that it has rolled out a security patch already to prevent users from hacking.

Apart from Android OS, CERT-In has also warned Google Chrome users. As per the warning, various vulnerabilities have been reported in the Chrome browser which could be exploited by a hacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system. Google has rolled out an update to address these vulnerabilities as well.