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Android devices could be hacked by viewing a malicious PNG Image

Google patched a critical flaw in its Android OS that allows an attacker to send a specially crafted PNG image file to hack a target device,

Opening an image file on your smartphone could allow attackers to hack into your Android device due to three critical vulnerabilities,
CVE-2019-1986, CVE-2019-1987, and CVE-2019-1988.

The flaws affect millions of Android devices running versions of the Google OS, ranging from Android 7.0 Nougat to the latest Android 9.0 Pie.

Google addressed the three vulnerabilities in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) as part of the February Android Security Updates.

Even if Google has addressed the flaws, each vendor will have to distribute the patch for its models and this process usually doesn’t occur on a regular basis.

Researchers at Google did not provide technical details for the flaws, the tech giant only reported that the security updates addressed a “heap buffer overflow flaw,” “errors in SkPngCodec,” and vulnerabilities in some...(continued)

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