San Francisco: Google is reportedly being slammed by security experts following the disclosure of a vulnerability that has exposed Android to the risk of being compromised by infected images. Also Read - Masks Are Still Important: Google Doodle is Back With An Important Reminder As Covid-19 Cases Surge
Revealed in Google’s February security update, the flaw leaves Android systems compromised with a modified Portable Network Graphics (PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, Android Headlines reported on Saturday. Also Read - Google to Block Apps From Accessing Entire App List on Phones
PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression. The security flaw affects devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and newer versions of the software. Also Read - Google Announces Not To Attend Mobile World Congress 2021 Due To Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
According to experts, the root cause of this alarming vulnerability has been a light approach to media content on Google’s part.
The new firmware is currently only available on the Pixel handsets and a small number of Android One devices that run a stock version of the operating system (OS), the report informed.
However, Google’s February security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time.