Google’s PNG bug puts Android users at risk
Global rollout of the patch is expected to take time
Another day, another privacy risk. This time, the controversy rocks Google as experts slam the company after the disclosure of a vulnerability that has exposed millions of Android users to the risk of being compromised by infected images.
The flaw, which was revealed in Google’s February security update, can compromise Android OS ( 7.0 or higher) with a modified Portable Network Graphics ( PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, reports Android Headlines on Saturday.
PNG is a raster- graphics file- format that supports lossless data compression.
According to experts, the root cause of this 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 security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time.