Malicious image file is all it takes for a hacker to compromise your Android phone


One of the ways to prevent your smartphone from being compromised is to not simply click on links or download APKs that you’re unsure of. Unfortunately it might not be as simple as that as hackers have gotten better at hiding their malware in seemingly innocuous files, such as a PNG image.

Google recently detailed its Android security update for the month of February where they discovered a critical vulnerability within Android’s framework. This vulnerability allowed hackers to compromise an Android smartphone by sending a PNG file to their victim, and when that file is open, the vulnerability is exploited which would give hackers access to the phone to execute code on it. According to Google:


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