August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • A security researcher from Northwestern University discovered a new zero-day vulnerability.
  • The vulnerability aims to affect the kernel part of Android devices.
  • It can allow the attacker to gain arbitrary read and write access to devices like Pixel 6/6 Pro and Galaxy S22 models.

Google is always in the constant process of securing Android by incorporating industry-leading security features to keep the ecosystem safe. That’s one of the primary reasons Android devices frequently get security patches. Google Play protection is one such measure to keep the best Android smartphones from downloading harmful apps.

Despite all such measures taken by Google, we see all kinds of vulnerabilities worldwide in Android or computing systems. A new vulnerability (via XDA Developers) has been discovered by Zhenpeng Lin, a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University who focuses on kernel security.