Google last month patched an Android bug that could allow attackers to transfer a malicious application to a nearby NFC-enabled device via the Android Beam feature, bypassing security mechanisms in the process.

The vulnerability was discovered in early 2019 by the research team at Nightwatch Cybersecurity, which late last month published a company blog post detailing his findings. Media organizations only began picking up on this story in early November.

Designated CVE-2019-2114, the vulnerability was found to affect phones operating on Android version 8 and above that have both NFC and the Android Beam feature enabled.

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