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More than 900 million phones affected by new Android bug

Posted on Aug 08, 2016.

Software installed on tens of millions of Android devices has been found to contain bugs causing serious security vulnerabilities.

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The flaws were found in software that handles graphics and in code that controls communication between different processes running on the phone. Exploiting the bugs would allow an attacker to gradually be able to take more control over a device and gain access to its data.

Any impact of this bug being exploited is expected to felt by users within the next two months. There is no evidence that there is any immediate threat right now as a result of this vulnerability.

The following handsets are those that are at risk.

  • BlackBerry Priv and Dtek50

  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2

  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P

  • HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10

  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10

  • New Moto X by Motorola

  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3

  • US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Owners of these handsets are being advised to regularly patch their device as this is a known bug a patch is expected to be available soon. Additionally, they should download only from sources they know and trust like play store, so not to accidentally download maliciously created apps.

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