Google's team of computer security researchers has found vulnerabilities in the Android operating system that affect some smartphone models from brands such as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Google itself. Failure allows a successful attack to grant the hacker complete control over the equipment.
The flaw in question is related to kernel code, which is the core of any operating system. In the case of this failure on Android, it allows you to gain administrator access to the device, which gives the attacker scope to explore many other attack tactics.
According to the publication ZDNet, the glitch affects devices running Android 8.0 and higher and this is the list known so far:
– Google Pixel 2 with Android 9
– Huawei P20
– Xiaomi Redmi 5A
– Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
– Xiaomi A1
– Oppo A3
– Moto Z3
– LG smartphones with Android 8.0
– Samsung S7, S8, S9
Although the list is not extensive, it eventually integrates some of the most popular models from Samsung and Huawei, the brands that sell the most equipment globally – and are also leaders in Portugal.
Google's Project Zero team gave software engineering colleagues seven days to fix the problem before it was publicly disclosed because of the seriousness of the failure. Google says Pixel smartphones will receive an update as early as October and other manufacturers have already been warned of the issue.
The security breach is already being exploited by attackers, and according to the ZDNet publication, Google believes the Israeli company NGO Group may be behind this active exploitation. In response, the group denies any connection to the attacks being made that exploit the problem now reported.