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Critical Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Patched in Android

Android’s February 2024 security patches resolve 46 vulnerabilities, including a critical remote code execution bug.

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Google on Monday announced patches for 46 vulnerabilities in Android, including a critical-severity bug leading to remote code execution.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2024-0031 and impacting Android Open Source Project (AOSP) versions 11, 12, 12L, 13, and 14, was identified in the platform’s System component.

“The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in the System component that could lead to remote code execution with no additional execution privileges needed,” Google explains in its advisory.

The flaw has been resolved as part of Android’s 2024-02-01 security patch level, which addresses a total of 15 security defects.

All the remaining 14 issues are high-severity vulnerabilities leading to elevation of privilege or information disclosure. Nine of these bugs affect the Framework component while the remaining five impact Android’s System component.

The second part of this month’s Android update, which arrives on devices as the 2024-02-05 security patch level, fixes 31 high-severity security defects in Arm, MediaTek, Unisoc, and Qualcomm components.

On Monday, Google also announced patches for seven vulnerabilities affecting its Pixel devices. Five of these were found in an audio subcomponent from Qualcomm.

All seven issues, along with the flaws included in Android’s February 2024 update, are fixed on Pixel devices running a security patch of 2024-02-05.

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Android Automotive OS, Wear OS, and Pixel Watch updates were released as well, to deliver the patches included in the 2024-02-05 security patch level. However, no additional vulnerabilities were resolved for either platform.

Also on Monday, Samsung announced the release of a fresh set of software updates for dozens of eligible devices. The update includes the Android February 2024 fixes and patches for vulnerabilities specific to Samsung’s products.

Users are advised to update their devices as soon as the software updates are available for them.

Related: Android’s January 2024 Security Update Patches 58 Vulnerabilities

Related: 94 Vulnerabilities Patched in Android With December 2023 Security Updates

Related: 37 Vulnerabilities Patched in Android With November 2023 Security Updates

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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