Indian cyber agency Computer Emergency Response Team in India (CERT-In) has found multiple vulnerabilities in Android operating systems, including versions 11, 12.5.12L, and 13.
According to cyber experts at CERT-In, these vulnerabilities pose a serious threat as they could potentially be exploited by malicious attackers to execute arbitrary code, gain elevated privileges, access sensitive information, and even cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on targeted devices.
The CERT-In vulnerability note says, “These vulnerabilities exist in Android OS due to flaws in Framework, System, Google Play system updates, Arm components, MediaTek components, Unisoc components, Qualcomm components and Qualcomm closed-source components”
The cyber agency said that successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, gain elevated privileges, gain access to sensitive information and cause denial of service condition on the targeted system. This widespread issue means that a large number of Android devices may be affected.
Of particular concern are two vulnerabilities, identified as CVE-2023-4863 and CVE-2023-4211, which are suspected to be actively exploited by attackers. The agency advised Android users to take immediate action to protect their devices. As per CERT-In, Applying the latest security patches and updates is crucial to safeguard against these potential threats.
Here’s How To Ensure The Security Of Your Android Device
Actively checking for available updates and install them promptly as delaying the installation of these patches could leave your device vulnerable to malicious activities. Stay informed about security updates from your device manufacturer and follow their guidance to keep your Android device secure.
How To Check and Update Your Android version
You can find your device’s Android version number, security update level, and Google Play system level in your Settings app. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you. You can also check for updates.
Check which Android version you have
– Open your phone’s Settings app.
– Near the bottom, tap About phone and then Android version.
– Find your “Android version,” “Android security update,” and “Build number.”