A vulnerability in the Google Camera Application left millions of Google and Samsung smartphones open to being potentially abused potentially letting a malicious actor to take photos, download images and video and listen in to phone calls.
The flaw, CVE-2019-2234, is a permission bypass issue that enables real-time access to a phone through the camera application, according to a report by the Checkmarx Security Research Team. Takeover of the phone begins with the victim downloading a malicious app that requests storage access permission and that once downloaded creates a persistent connection to a command and control server that cannot be severed even if the app is closed, the screen is off or the phone locked.
The Checkmarx team tested its theories on a Google Pixel 2 and 3 model phones and Samsung later confirmed some of its devices that used the app were also susceptible to the vulnerability.
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