Google fixed a series of bugs found in Android OS. The search engine has repaired 13 new weaknesses in its Android platform, since two of these problems could allow hackers to control the users’ Android gadgets connected to the same wireless network, if these products have Broadcom chip sets.
The two vital problems are found inside the Broadcom drivers and could be exploited while delivering specially designed Wi-Fi management packages to all affected gadgets. These pieces of data could damage the kernel’s system and allow the operation of irrelevant coded within the kernel, which is the top privileged part of the OS.
These faults are crucial because the attacks do not necessitate any user connection, can be utilized remotely and may lead to complete product damage. These drivers for wireless processors produced by Qualcomm also presented an important weakness that could trigger arbitrary code commands within the kernel.
However, these flaws may only be activated by locally installed programs. Lastly, a third problem was found in a Wi-Fi element and can be exploited by local software to perform code pieces with system and this weaknesses was ranked as high on the bug list.
Google’s new solutions also patch two crucial remote code problems in media server, a factor that manages audio or video data parsing, a major defect in Qualcomm’s execution event manager for ARM chips and another one inside the Debugger’s daemon system.
The faults within the Qualcomm efficiency modules and Debuggerd can be utilized by local programs and the defect in media server can be exploited via exclusively designed media information packed from sites or included into multi-media files.
In addition, the company repaired various high-impact problems in data collections such as media server and libmediaplayerservice, along with two average faults in the installation wizard. These bugs could trigger the refusal of service, details disclosure, privacy hacking and protection bypasses.
Google distributed details about these faults via its OEM associates on January 4 and launched firmware upgrades for all Nexus devices this week. The Android operating firmware that features these repairs should include a protection patch level that will appear on February 1 or later.
Google’s Nexus gadgets, which work with its Android operating system, are currently promoted under Google’s brand, but the components developing part is managed by associates like Huawei and LG. In exchange, they can place their name on these flagship gadgets.
The search engine will also post these fixes on the Open Source platform so that all other Android-powered OS, like CyanogenMod, can incorporate them.
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