- Four Android versions have multiple security vulnerabilities
- CERT-In has found security issues in Android 12, 12L, 11, and 10
- Google has released security patches to fix the security issues
Android 12, 12L, 11, and 10 have multiple security vulnerabilities, reveals the India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). On June 13th, 2022, the cybersecurity watchdog that operates under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued a “high” severity rating for the security issues that surfaced on Android devices running on the above versions.
The new exploits can possibly allow an attacker to carry out a Denial-of-Service (DoS) on a targeted device. Google has already released new security patches to fix the cybersecurity risks that have been found on Android. So, the Android device will be safe from a cyberattack by checking for and installing the latest security patches.
CERT-In identifies vulnerabilities in Android 10, 11, 12, and 12L
CERT-In has stated that there are vulnerabilities in Google Android versions such as Android 10, Android 11, Android 12, and Android 12L “due to flaws in the Framework Components, Media Framework Components, System Components, Google Play System Updates, Kernel components, MediaTek components, Unisoc Components, and Qualcomm closed-source components.” Readers can visit the source link to see a list of CVE names, which are nothing but identifiers of the vulnerabilities that have been found on Android.
After successfully exploiting the above-mentioned loopholes in the Android OS, a hacker can execute arbitrary code to gain elevated privileges and access sensitive data. The hacker will then be able to use a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on the device.
Installing the latest Android security patches to fix vulnerabilities
The most recent security patches rolled out by Google can fix these vulnerabilities. Here are the steps to check and update security patches on an Android device:
- Open the Settings app on the Android device
- Navigate to “About Phone” and then tap on the Android version
- Here users can check whether the device is running on the latest build
- Users can also see the Android security update
- To update the latest security patches, navigate to Settings > Security
- Tap on Google Play system update and then tap on Check for update
Readers should note that the above-mentioned steps may not be the same on all devices. Also, since smartphone manufacturers handle updates differently, not all Android devices may get the latest security patches as soon as Google releases them.
It must be noted that Google Play system updates are different from the monthly security patches released by the smartphone OEMs. The Google Play system updates are mainly rolled out to fix recent security issues.