On Aug 6, 2018 Google released an Android Security Bulletin containing details of security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices. Android security updates normally include two parts: general updates that affect most users and the updates affecting specific partners, such as hardware partners like NVIDIA, Broadcom and Qualcomm. Here we’ve summarized the general security updates on the Android Security bulletin from Security Patch level 2018-08-01.
- 5 Information Disclosure Vulnerabilities: These vulnerabilities allow malicious apps to access user data. They are rated as high impact. One is found in the Android framework and four are found in the system libraries.
- 4 Denial of Service Vulnerabilities: These vulnerabilities disable the users’ ability to use the phone or access certain services. They are considered high impact and are found in the Android framework, the media framework and the system libraries.
- 3 Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities: These types of vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on user devices. All of them are rated as critical and are found in the media framework and system libraries.
- 3 Privilege Escalation Vulnerabilities: These types of vulnerabilities allow unprivileged processes, such as from third-party apps, to escalate privileges to the system level, bypassing the sandbox restrictions. All are rated as high impact. They are found in the Android framework and system libraries.
Enhance Your Security by Keeping Up with OS Updates
Appthority urges users to update their Android devices to the latest OS version which includes these security updates. We also recommend enterprise IT admins set strong policies against keeping outdated OS versions on their employees’ mobile devices.