• 06:04 Aug 24, 2019

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A picture may lead to hacking of your smartphone

By: The Mobile Indian network, New Delhi Last updated : February 07, 2019 5:10 pm

A flaw in the operating system's framework can let a remote attacker execute computer code on an Android smartphone using a specially crafted PNG file.
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Every one of us gets so many forward images in WhatsApp and emails, and we usually open them without giving it a second thought. Well, Google has uncovered a brand new security vulnerability that can be employed to hack Android smartphones using a PNG file.

 

As per Google's Android security bulletin, A flaw in the operating system's framework can let a remote attacker execute computer code on an Android smartphone using a specially crafted PNG file.

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The security vulnerability update is quite vague as it doesn’t share anything about what precautions need to be taken or how a hacker can send simple looking PNG files to victims on e-mail, a program, or social websites that in reality trigger an Android smartphone to be compromised.

 

Google has not released technical details of the defect as well. So it will not be easy for anybody to find the hacking method. Well, the good part of Android security bulletin is that Google has not received any reports of anyone exploiting the vulnerability as of now and has patched the issues with an upgrade to Android in the form of a security patch. But it needs to seen when the handset vendor who sell smartphones based on Android operating system release the update.

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