Android: Google fixes 71 security vulnerabilities in March 2020 update


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Google has just corrected 71 Android security flaws in its March 2020 patch. The Mountain View company has fixed 48 breaches related to chips provided by Qualcomm. The bulletin also mentions several flaws related to unlocking by fingerprint and the USB connection of Android smartphones.

Yesterday, Google published the monthly security bulletin of Android. In the process, the American firm launched the deployment of the security patch intended to fill the identified flaws. The security update could already have been installed by Google Pixels a few days ago. It will be offered on other compatible smartphones on the market in the coming weeks.

48 security breaches related to Qualcomm chips

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In detail, Google fixed 71 Android security vulnerabilities this month. The concerns concern versions 8 to 10 of Android, ie Android Oreo, Android Pie and Android 10. The firm considers 68 of the flaws listed in the bulletin as critical. As is often the case, most of the breaches (48 in total) concern Qualcomm’s components.

Google has also corrected breaches allowing an attacker to hack your smartphone via the USB port. “The most serious vulnerability of this bulletin could allow a local attacker using a specially crafted USB device to execute code arbitrarily” explains Google. To attack an Android phone, the hacker absolutely needs physical access to the device. Finally, Google engineers have also closed a loophole allowing malware to “bypass user interaction requirements in order to access additional permissions”. Google specifies that its partners were all informed of the existence of these flaws at least one month before their publication.

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It is worth mentioning that Google has already released the Android 11 Developer Preview system package. To download! the preview system, click HERE. Google’s latest system Developer Preview is available for Pixel series including Google Pixel 4 / 4XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, and Pixel 2 / 2 XL. In addition, Google also released the development schedule for this new system. The beta version will arrive from May this year while the final version will touch down in Q3 2020.

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