A serious bug was encountered, which allowed hackers to spy on users, putting millions of users at risk.
As reported by Wired, the bug was discovered by a mobile security researcher Sergey Toshin, which could have allowed hackers to gain access to user accounts and spy on them.
Toshin says that “In most cases, it is almost impossible to detect it”.
As reported, the bug generally originated on Google’s open-source project Chromium, which underlies the Chrome and some others browser. The bug was not encountered since now and kept Chrome users and users of the various browser built on top of chromium.
The bug let hackers use WebView, one of Chromium’s feature and gain access to user data and monitor one’s activity.
And to your surprise, the bug remained unencountered for over five years. Though the bug has been fixed, it is only issued to the newer phone. Usually, Android 7 and later users will receive the fix via updates, while Android 5 or 6 users will have to run a special update through Google Play Store.
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