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Google has released an update stomping out three critical-severity vulnerabilities in its Android operating system — one of which could result in “permanent denial of service” on affected mobile devices if exploited. The vulnerabilities are part of Google’s December 2019 Android Security Bulletin, which deployed fixes for critical, high and medium-severity vulnerabilities tied to 15 CVEs overall. Qualcomm, whose chips are used in Android devices, also patched 22 critical and high-severity vulnerabilities. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in the Framework component that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted message to cause a permanent denial of service,” according to Google’s Monday update. That DoS flaw, CVE-2019-2232, has been addressed for devices running on versions 8.0, 8.1, 9 and 10 of the Android operating system, Google said. The other two critical flaws (CVE-2019-2222 and CVE-2019-2223) exist in Android’s Media framework. This framework includes support for playing a variety of common media types, so that users can easily utilize audio, video and images. Android devices running on operating systems versions 8.0, 8.1,9 and 10 have been addressed for these two bugs, which could enable a remote attacker using a crafted file to execute code within the context of a privileged process. Click to enlarge. Also fixed were three high-severity elevation-of-privilege flaws (CVE-2019-9464, CVE-2019-2217 and…

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