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Google found a serious Android flaw affecting Pixel, Samsung and Huawei phones

Google researchers have discovered an unpatched vulnerability on its own Android OS that affect the Pixel 1 and 2, Huawei P20, Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, and S9 and other devices. It disclosed the problem just seven days after finding it, as the exploit is a “zero-day” that is already being exploited in the wild. Oddly, the bug — which affects Android 8.x and later — was discovered and patched in December 2017 on earlier versions of the OS. However, the fix was apparently not carried over to newer versions.

The exploit was discovered by Google’s Project Zero team, and its Threat Analysis Group believes it was used in real-world attacks by Israel’s NSO Group. That company has been implicated in the past in attacks on human rights and political activists…

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