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Google slammed for risking Android with infected PNG images

IANS  |  San Francisco 

is reportedly being slammed by security experts following the disclosure of a that has exposed to the risk of being compromised by infected images.

Revealed in Google's February security update, the flaw leaves systems compromised with a modified Portable Network Graphics (PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, Headlines reported on Saturday.

PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression.

The security flaw affects devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and newer versions of the software.

According to experts, the root cause of this alarming has been a light approach to on Google's part.

The new firmware is currently only available on the Pixel handsets and a small number of Android One devices that run a stock version of the (OS), the report informed.

However, Google's February security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time.



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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 12:26 IST