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CERT-In issues ‘high’ security risk warning targeting Android users

Indian Android smartphone users have received a ‘high’ security risk warning from CERT-In. Multiple vulnerabilities could allow attackers to access sensitive data without authorization…

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has warned Android smartphone users of ‘high’ security risks. The official advisory warns of “multiple vulnerabilities” that could let attackers access sensitive data without authorization. Check for Android OS updates and update Play Store apps immediately.

This security risk affects Android 11, 12, and 13 smartphone users. Tablets and foldables running Android 12L are also at risk.

The CERT advisory states, “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Android, which could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges, obtain sensitive information, execute remote code, or cause denial-of-service conditions on the target system.”

Additionally, the advisory stated that “Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Android due to Qualcomm components, Framework, Google Play system, System, and Qualcomm closed-source components. The attacker could access the target system’s most sensitive data, execute remote code, or cause a denial of service by exploiting these flaws.

This security risk could affect many Indian Android users due to their large user base. Statista reported that Android dominated the Indian mobile operating system market in 2022 with 95.26 percent.

How can I avoid Android risks?

The best defense against the latest security threats is keeping your smartphone updated. Update all installed apps first. Android devices have different OS update procedures, but users should check for them regularly. Going to “Settings” and searching for “Android updates” usually works.

The majority of these flaws affect the operating system, so users should only use apps from trusted sources. You should avoid downloading apps from unauthorized online stores.

Remember that CERT-In issued a similar warning in August 2023. Indian Android 13 users were affected by Android vulnerabilities. The Framework, Android Runtime, System Component, Google Play system updates, Kernel, Arm, MediaTek, and Qualcomm closed-source components had issues.

Conclusion

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has warned Indian Android smartphone users of ‘high’ security risks. Multiple vulnerabilities allow unauthorized access to sensitive data. The advisory also warns about Android 12L tablets and foldables. Qualcomm components, Framework, Google Play system, System, and Qualcomm closed-source components are to blame. The security risk is high given Android’s 95.26 percent market share in India in 2022. Users should update apps and check OS updates to avoid these threats. Avoid downloading apps from unauthorised online stores and use trusted sources. India’s CERT-In issued a similar warning in August 2023 for Android 13 devices.

Taushif Patel

Taushif Patel is a Author and Entrepreneur with 20 years of media industry experience. He is the co-founder of Target Media and publisher of INSPIRING LEADERS Magazine, Director of Times Applaud Pvt. Ltd.

Taushif Patelhttps://taushifpatel.com
Taushif Patel is a Author and Entrepreneur with 20 years of media industry experience. He is the co-founder of Target Media and publisher of INSPIRING LEADERS Magazine, Director of Times Applaud Pvt. Ltd.

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