Millions of Android users at risk of attack after widespread security issue uncovered

Almost all Android smartphones could be vulnerable to remote code execution as a result of vulnerabilities discovered in the audio decoders of Qualcomm and MediaTek chips.

The discovery of these vulnerabilities was made by Check Point Research (CPR) and if left unpatched, an attacker could exploit them to remotely gain access to a device’s camera and microphone by using a malformed audio file. At the same time, an unprivileged Android app could leverage these vulnerabilities to escalate its privileges in order to spy on a user’s media data and listen in on their conversations.

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