Google has released the monthly security update for the month of May. Through the update, Google fixes several minor bugs and problems and also in their own words, six critical vulnerabilities in the Android operating system.
“These bulletins encompass a broader range of vulnerabilities that may affect Android devices, even if they do not affect Nexus devices.”
One of the security problems, known under reference “CVE-2016-2428” once again was in the media player of the Android operating system. This made it theoretically possible for attackers to infect media files with malware, for instance, via e-mail, MMS or sheds within web pages on Android devices, and then be able to execute. This leak has again resembled the previously discovered bugs called Stagefright.
By means of the solution of the other five critical leaks Google has blocked the ability to execute malicious code via another way on Android devices, or to obtain more access rights.
The new security is as of today available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and all Android One smartphones. The update is also available for other smartphone manufacturers who can handle the security in future software updates.
We hope that all manufacturers push this update out to their phones as soon as possible.