Google Slammed for Tricking Users to View Infected PNG Images

PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression.

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Google is reportedly being slammed by security experts following the disclosure of a vulnerability that has exposed Android to the risk of being compromised by infected images.

Revealed in Google’s February security update, the flaw leaves Android systems compromised with a modified Portable Network Graphics (PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, Android Headlines reported on Saturday.

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.

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Google slammed for risking Android with infected PNG images. Pixabay

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 (OS), the report informed.

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However, Google’s February security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time. (IANS)