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Security panic spurs ‘critical’ Android phone warning

Users of the Android operating system, you have been issued a “critical” notice due to a recent security vulnerability.

In the wake of a security worry, Google is recommending that every Android phone user instal the latest version of the company’s security software.

Google has released a “patch” for Android that is meant to address 40 different security flaws.

Experts advise checking each Android phone and ensuring that the necessary rights have been granted by the app once the software update is sent out.

Information security blog MalwareBytes Labs said that “the Android security patch level refers to a monthly manifest of security fixes sent out by Google in an attempt to shut up security gaps and malicious code exploits in the Android OS.”

If your device has the most current security patches installed, it will be less susceptible to attacks.

Android versions 10, 11, 12, 12L, and 13 may get this update.

Android users will get a notification asking them to upgrade to the latest security version.

According to Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP), “the most serious of these flaws is a high security vulnerability in the Framework component that might lead to local escalation of power with no further execution rights required.”

This implies that malicious applications may seek access to data or microphones and cameras on Android smartphones, even if they are not truly needed for the promised app functionality.

Android users may take further measures to secure their device, beyond just installing the security update, by installing Google Play Protect and checking the settings on a regular basis.

For example, “Google Play Protect automatically checks all of the applications on Android phones and strives to prevent the installation of malicious apps,” Google noted in a security alert.

To to Google: “(It) is enabled by default on devices with Google Mobile Services and is especially important for consumers who install apps from outside of Google Play.”

Similarly, Android users may see their app’s permission settings by going to Settings > Applications > See all applications > Rights.

“You can see a log of your app permission grants and revocations right here. If Google is to be believed, “Simply tap the permission you want to change and choose Allow or Don’t allow from the menu that appears.

Source: Android Security Bulletin—January 2023

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