GOOGLE has warned that Android device makers have not released an important update over the summer to put people’s data at risk.
Experts from the firm pointed the finger at Google itself as one of the manufacturers that was too slow to fix it.
Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo have also been called by the company’s Project Zero team that hunts for bugs.
A series of problems have been found in a piece of technology in some smartphones called Mali GPU.
Arm, the firm that makes the driver, settled the issue back in the summer.
It is then up to the device brands themselves to implement the fix in software updates provided to users.
This means that phones with Mali GPUs are still vulnerable to hackers, even though there are patches out there.
“Just as users are encouraged to patch as quickly as possible when a release containing security updates is available, so do vendors and companies,” Project Zero said.
“Companies need to be vigilant, follow upstream sources closely, and do their best to provide users with full patches as soon as possible.”
The five vulnerabilities are rated at medium severity, but could still be used by a hacker to gain full access to the system and allow “broad access” to user data.
Devices with a Snapdragon chipset are not affected.
Google Pixel 7, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Oppo Find X5 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10, S9, A51 and A71 handsets are among the list of products used by Mali Mali, according to Lowyat.net.
Hopefully the warning will push manufacturers to implement an update that will address the problem.
So keep an eye out for any patches that come your way – and have automatic updates to get the fix as soon as it’s available.
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