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Cert-In issues ‘high severity warning’ for smartphones and tablets running these Android versions

Cert-In issues ‘high severity warning’ for smartphones and tablets running these Android versions

India’s cybersecurity regulator has issued a warning to users using smartphones and tablets running some older versions of Android. The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has rated the severity of the ‘warning’ as ‘High’.

According to Cert-In, multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in the Android operating system that a local attacker could exploit to gain high-level privileges on the targeted system and obtain sensitive information.

Which Android versions are affected?
The vulnerabilities were found on smartphones running versions prior to Android 12, Android 12L, Android 13, and Android 14 operating systems.

What did the government say?
Cert-in stated that the vulnerabilities in Android are caused by flaws in Framework, System, Google Play system updates, Kernel, Arm components, MediaTek components, Imagination Technologies, Qualcomm components, and Qualcomm closed-source components.

“Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges and obtain sensitive information about the targeted system,” it said.

The cybersecurity regulator has advised phone users running older Android versions to apply the latest security patches as soon as they become available on their devices.

How to update your Android smartphones and tablets:

  • Open Settings on your device
  • Tap on software updates
  • Tap the “Check for updates” button.
  • If an update is available for your smartphone or tablet, tap Install.
  • Once the process is complete, restart the phone.

CERT-In had previously warned about a security vulnerability found in multiple versions of Android, including Android 12, Android 12L, Android 13, and Android 14 operating systems.