Google Bug Camera put Android users at risk of secretly recorded

Not one to let Facebook excel, Google has uncovered a vulnerability in Android which made it workable for hackers to hijack your camera, and furtively catch photos and record videos even when the phone is locked or the screen is off.

  • 20th Nov 2019

Not one to let Facebook excel, Google has uncovered a vulnerability in Android which made it workable for hackers to hijack your camera, and furtively catch photos and record videos even when the phone is locked or the screen is off.

The bug, found by analysts from Checkmarxstemmed from permission bypass issues in the Google Camera application. The issue (filed under CVE-2019-2234) influenced Pixel phones, however further overflowed to gadgets from Samsung and different makers.

"An aggressor can control the application to take photos and record recordings through a rogue application that has no permissions to do as such," the analysts compose. "Also, we found that specific assault situations empower pernicious entertainers to circumvent various storage permission policies, giving them access to put away recordings and photos, just as GPS metadata installed in photos, to find the client by snapping a picture or video and parsing the correct EXIF information."

The security firm has shown a Proof-of-Concept of the assault in a video transferred to YouTube.

Google has since affirmed the issue, expressing gratitude toward the scientists for their work. Interestingly, the bug has just been resolved.

"We acknowledge Checkmarx drawing this out into the open and working with Google and Android accomplices to arrange divulgence," the organization said in an announcement. "The issue was tended to on affected Google gadgets by means of a Play Store update to the Google Camera Application in July 2019. A fix has additionally been made accessible to all accomplices."

In any case, perhaps Google's Project Zero scientists should get a break from discovering bugs in iOS to deal with their own security burdens, so others don't need to.


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