Android releases patch for two critical vulnerabilities


Most of the smart phone users are found using Apple iOS or Google Android loaded devices. Reason, their user interface is easy to interact and the app stores get regular innovative updates from time to time.

If we consider the price factor, Apple Inc offers devices that are more premium and thus are not reachable to normal smart phone users, albeit ‘Price Wise’. And coming to Google loaded phones, the company offers an open source operating system that is being used by multiple device manufactures across the world.

Now, keeping aside the perks, let’s head to the title point. From January 26th, 2021 the internet juggernaut has released updates to almost 41 vulnerabilities that include 2 critical ones.

First is security patch for disallowing the hackers to run malicious codes on infected devices that allow the threat actors to shut down the phone remotely. The second is another critical flaw that disallows the device from being targeted by denial of service attacks aka DDoS- Distributed denial of service attacks; where hackers are seen generating fake web traffic from infected devices to jam the servers from conducting their normal functions.

The highlight of the latest update pushed by Google is that it is only being rolled out to phones running on 8, 8.1, 9, 10 and 11 operating systems and that includes the Galaxy series and Pixel 3,4 and 5 series of phones.

Alas! But for users using Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the security patch will not be available for them as the support for these devices has ended on December 2020.

So, better see that your Android device gets up-to-date security features!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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