Android has been linked to a number of vulnerabilities for the last couple of months and it is crucial that Google stays on track of the flaws to fix. Fortunately, Google has been keeping up with its promise to issue bug fixes every month, this time the tech giant has issued the August patches.
Android Critical Bugs Patch Release
Critical bugs like the Stagefright and other viruses and malware continue to spring up and plague Android users. This has prompted Google to promise to release security patches every month on top of its OS upgrades. This time, people can access the August patch release from Google. Similar to the previous month’s release, the patch release is also divided into two separate patch levels.
“A remote code execution vulnerability in Mediaserver could enable an attacker using a specially crafted file to cause memory corruption during media file and data processing. This issue is rated as Critical due to the possibility of remote code execution within the context of the Mediaserver process. The Mediaserver process has access to audio and video streams, as well as access to privileges that third-party apps could not normally access,” said Google’s Android Bulletin.
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Qualcomm WiFi Driver Problem
According to On the Wire, the full patch release offers resolution for another two remote code execution bugs including the one related to the Qualcomm WiFi driver. The report also said that the August 1 level offers a small subset of fixes. However, these fixes are in fact found on the August 5 patch set released.
“A remote code execution vulnerability in the Qualcomm Wi-Fi driver could enable a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code within the context of the kernel. This issue is rated as Critical due to the possibility of a local permanent device compromise,” Google added in its Android Bulletin.