Google’s critical PNG security bug puts millions of Android phones at risk
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Google’s critical PNG security bug puts millions of Android phones at risk

Google’s February security update addresses the issue, but the global roll-out of the security patch is expected to take more time.

tech Updated: Feb 10, 2019 13:39 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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.

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.

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.

According to experts, the root cause of this alarming vulnerability has been a light approach to media content on Google’s part.

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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 roll-out of the security patch is expected to take more time.

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First Published: Feb 10, 2019 13:38 IST