Newsletter: Google’s Android Security Update & Facebook‘S Recent Fiasco Leaves Users Friendless

Newsletter: Google’s Android Security Update & Facebook‘S Recent Fiasco Leaves Users Friendless

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”  – Steve Jobs

GOOGLE’S LATEST ANDROID SECURITY UPDATE

THE STORY       

Google has started rolling out latest Android security update July 2018 for Android devices.

WHAT’S THERE IN THE UPDATE?

This update comes with fixes for several vulnerabilities. In which most of the severe one is security flaw in media framework and system, which could be used by an active hacker to use specially crafted files to execute arbitrary code.

All the Android partners have been notified by Google about the update, and within 48 hours, this update will be released to Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

WHAT ISSUES WERE RESOLVED?

Well Google resolved many vulnerabilities, but we are mentioning the most severe vulnerabilities that were fixed with this update.

CVEREFERENCESTYPESEVERITYUPDATED AOSP VERSIONS
CVE-2018-9433A-38196219RCECritical6.0, 6.0.1, 7.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2
CVE-2018-9411A-79376389RCECritical8.0, 8.1
CVE-2018-9365A-74121126RCECritical6.0, 6.0.1, 7.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1
CVE-2018-5872A-77528138RCECriticalWLAN

TYPE OF VULNERABILITIES?

The table below displays the type of vulnerabilities with their abbreviations and definitions.

ABBREVIATIONDEFINITION
RCERemote Code Execution
EoPElevation of Privilege
IDInformation Disclosure
DoSDenial of Service
N/AClassification Not Available

WHAT ELSE GOOGLE ANNOUNCED?

Google in addition to this announcement, also announced the security and functional updates for Pixel and Nexus phones.

Google in their Security bulletin for Pixel and Nexus devices published,

“In addition to the security vulnerabilities described in the July 2018 Android Security Bulletin, Pixel and Nexus devices also contain patches for the security vulnerabilities described. Partners were notified of these issues at least a month ago and may choose to incorporate them as part of their device updates.”


800,000 FACEBOOK USERS AFFECTED BY A BLOCKING BUG

THE STORY

Facebook warns 800,000 users of the recent blocking bug, which unblocks people who were blocked by the users and also might have exploited your data and privacy.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS BLOCKING BUG DO?

When we talk about blocking someone on Facebook, it means that respective person cannot see anything from your profile. Be it the posts you share, pictures you upload and can’t even message you on Messenger or add you as a friend.

But, this bug works the other way around. It unblocks the people you have blocked. Not only blocks, there are lot more things that it does. The functions done by the bug are mentioned below:

  1. It doesn’t restore the friends that were unfriended.
  2. This bug only unblocks one person temporarily that you have blocked, approx. 83% of the users were affected by this bug.
  3. Unblocked person can message you over Messenger.

WHAT ACTION IS FACEBOOK TAKING?

According to Facebook, the bug was active between May 29 to June 5. For now, the issue has been fixed, and the notification has been generated to all the Facebook users about the blocking bug. On this Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan published,

“This issue has now been fixed and everyone has been blocked again. People who were affected will get a notification on Facebook encouraging them to check their blocked list.”

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Anuj is a content writer for Systweak and being from an engineering background, likes to get more in-depth with technology and gadgets. He likes playing video games and reading in his free time.

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