Google Will Stop Approving New Devices Carrying Android 9.0 After January 2020


It is likely that numerous smartphones certified with Android 9 before January 31, 2020 will go on sale in later months but this should only happen with a limited number of devices that would also be launched in the first quarter of 2020.

Google has reportedly notified its Android partners, and the security patch is now also available on the Android Common Kernel.

Devices being upgraded to Android 10 are being "strongly encouraged" to keep this setting in place.

Google's Android team has now released a patch for the vulnerability.

Google said that the zero-day isn't as risky as others previously, as it "requires establishment of a vindictive application for potential abuse", said an Android delegate. The latter and Huawei have way better gestures than Google's own.

An Israel-based NSO group that focuses on cyber intelligence has been caught under scanner for allegedly exploiting this new vulnerability.

British PM Johnson warns EU he will not delay Brexit
The British say these could be largely automated, and take place away from the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Exploitable in the Chrome browser's renderer process, the bug in the Android Binder driver is a use-after-free vulnerability that allows kernel privilege escalation. Since the exploit is also accessible from the Chrome sandbox, it can also be delivered via the web once it is paired with an exploit that targets a vulnerability in the code in Chrome that is used to render content. After the last big shift in user interface design left many users blinded by the light, developers have taken comments to heart and many have updated their apps with dark themes, which are also known as "night mode" in some cases.

"New DEVICES launching from 2019 onwards, with a USB Type-C port MUST ensure full interoperability with chargers that are compliant with the USB specifications and have the USB Type-C plug."

The issue, which is now rated as "High Severity" by Android, apparently started after the vulnerability was patched back in December 2017. The fix was then incorporated into versions 3.18, 4.4, and 4.9 of the Android kernel. The update includes the October Android security patch as well as a number of new features and improvements for the Pixel phones.

A fix is expected to be available soon. Until then, experts warn the public to be extra careful in the apps they download.

Google says this redesign is part of a greater effort to bring consistency to the look and feel of its G Suite apps.

Until the issue has been patched, don't install apps from untrusted sources and also use alternate browsers such as Firefox or fearless.