SAN FRANCISCO – Google is reportedly being criticised by security experts following the disclosure of a vulnerability that exposes Android to being compromised by infected images, Khaleej Times reports.
According to the company’s February security update, the flaw leaves Android systems compromised with modified portable network graphics (PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, Android Headlines reported. PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression.
The security flaw affects devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and newer versions of the software.
According to experts, the root cause of this alarming vulnerability has been a light approach to media content on Google’s part.
The new firmware is currently only available on the Pixel handsets and a small number of Android One devices that run a stock version of the operating system, the report said.
However, Google’s February security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time.