A critical elevation-of-privilege vulnerability found in Android devices could potentially be exploited, without root access or user permission, to hijack virtually all mobile apps in order to spy on individuals or steal their login credentials.
Google has developed a security patch for Android versions 8, 8.1 and 9 -- alerting its partners of the update in April and releasing it to the general public earlier this month as part of its May Security Bulletin. Android 10 is not affected by the vulnerability.
Still, mobile security experts point out that Android versions prior to 8 remain endangered, and they note that availability of patches may depend on the particular device a user owns and whether the manufacturer has deployed the fix. Additionally, they say this latest discovery will place additional responsibility on Google to ensure that its official app store can detect and keep out malicious dropper apps that attempt to distribute malware designed to exploit the vulnerability.
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