Careful what pictures you open up on your Android device as you may find yourself regretting looking at that meme. Among the 42 new vulnerabilities listed in Android's newest Security Bulletin is a rather nasty one which could use a special PNG image to execute arbitrary code on your phone. Currently unpatched, it affects even the newest Android Pie version and once a fix is determined, who knows how long it will take to propagate to your provider and your specific model of phone. In the mean time surf carefully and take a peek at Slashdot for links to the other vulnerabilities, including 10 other critical ones.
"While this certainly doesn't apply to all images, Google discovered that a maliciously crafted PNG image could be used to hijack a wide variety of Androids — those running Android Nougat (7.0), Oreo (8.0), and even the latest Android OS Pie (9.0),"
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