Google’s PNG bug puts An­droid users at risk

Global roll­out of the patch is ex­pected to take time

The Asian Age - - Technomics - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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