Shift. the September 10, 2020 at 17 h 06 min
Android suffers from a total of 52 security holes, Google announces in its traditional monthly newsletter. Determined to protect users against malware and hackers, the American giant has launched the deployment of a corrective patch on all compatible smartphones.
On September 8, 2020, Google published the Android security bulletin for September 2020. Among the 52 flaws identified by Google teams, we find 8 critical breaches. The remaining 44 faults are stamped "high". It all depends on how easily a hacker can exploit the flaw as well as the potential consequences for users. The breaches spotted this month concern all devices running Android 8, Android 9 or Android 10.
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"The most serious of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in the Media Framework component that could allow a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code under the context of a privileged process" explains Google's post. By exploiting this flaw, an attacker could theoretically install malware without your knowledge without the need for physical access to your smartphone. Fortunately, there is no indication that this breach has ever been exploited by a hacker.
Unsurprisingly, several of the flaws identified by Google concern components designed by Mediatek and Qualcomm. "Android partners are informed of all issues at least one month before publication" Google points out in its report. However, depending on the brand of your device, it may take longer or shorter for the patch to arrive. Not all manufacturers are so quick to integrate patches into their overlay.
To check if the September 2020 patch is already available on your smartphone, just go to the menu Settings, then in About the device, and in Software update. If an update is available, just click Start the update. Have you already been able to install the September 2020 patch? We await your testimony in the comments below.