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Android update fixes 7 critical flaws

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Android update fixes 7 critical flaws
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Google has been issuing Android Security Bulletins on a monthly basis since August. That came on the heels of a few serious security flaws that affected the nearly 1 billion users of its Android mobile operating system.

Notably, that included the Stagefright bug that was affecting mobile devices with text messages, and other methods. This month, Google is issuing fixes for 13 bugs, including seven critical vulnerabilities, for its Nexus smartphones. It has issued fixes to its manufacturing partners.

However, so far, only Blackberry has issued a fix for its PRIV smartphones for one of these critical vulnerabilities. This one affects the media server service.

The vulnerability, which affects Android 6.0, 5.1, and 4.4.4, opens up devices to remote attacks with emails, text messages, or Web browsing. The critical vulnerability could allow remote access by hackers when you're processing media files.

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