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Android Phone users Worried over Google Camera Bug!

The 'bug' let's the attacker spy on you.

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According to some sources, a bug in Google camera app has been secretly recording Android phone users. The news came just a few days after some users started experiencing an anomaly in the Facebook app that reportedly activated the iPhone rear camera. The good thing is, just like the iOS bug, the issue isn’t there anymore.

What exactly is this Google Camera Bug on Android Phone about?

Unlike the Facebook bug the Google’s version of the anomaly not only activates the camera setup but also let’s the hacker take pictures and record an Android phone user.

The Google Camera bug was discovered by a team of researches and developers at Checkmarx. The issue initially affected the Pixel phones only but later spread over to other Android phone manufacturers, including Samsung.

The findings suggest:

An attacker can control the app to take photos and/or record videos through a rogue application that has no permissions to do so.

While talking about the bug threatening Android phone users, the researchers continue:

Additionally, we found that certain attack scenarios enable malicious actors to circumvent various storage permission policies, giving them access to stored videos and photos, as well as GPS metadata embedded in photos, to locate the user by taking a photo or video and parsing the proper EXIF data.

The software security firm replicates the Android phone bug in a video demonstration.

Is the Bug still lurking around?

Google has since confirmed the Android phone issue, thanking the researchers for their work.

We appreciate Checkmarx bringing this to our attention and working with Google and Android partners to coordinate disclosure.

The company shared that they made a Play Store update to the Google Camera Application which resolves the issue in July 2019. Moreover, they stated:

A patch has also been made available to all partners.

Thankfully, the issue is no longer there.

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