On the first day in 2017, Google announced its first Android security patch. Combine with the second one on January 5th, Google has fixed 100 vulnerabilities. According to Android Security Bulletin—January 2017, where they rate the severities of security vulnerabilities. There are 29 issues are rated as Critical due to the possibility of remote code execution within the context of the Mediaserver process.
It is worth mentioning that the definition of “hacking” has changed. Instead of planting malwares into your devices, hackers nowadays more likely to target your personal information through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, MMS and etc. And then they use the information to form remote attacks. Among all the security vulnerabilities Google discovered in last December, the major Android security patch is about Mediaserver, which could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.
Remote attack is similar to the DDoS that crashed Netflix and CNN
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Good news is that Google has had no reports of active customer exploitation or abuse of these newly reported issues. But one must pause here to wonder why Google spent their Christmas vacation fixing these security vulnerabilities. Dr. Safety will hereby answer the question by emphasizing the importance of “Update.”
Why bother to update???
While we enjoy the advantages come along with technology advances, new viruses and hacking skills are growing. As the result, software company will provide regular updates to build a well-rounded user environments for you. You might favor the old user interfaces of the old one, however, it is best for you to update! (Is there anyone who loves the ols Instagram like I do?)
Don’t know how to update?
>>Here’s the step by step tutorial