Android’s February Security Update patches the PNG hacking bug: Update now!

The February Security Patch on Android fixes PNG hacking bugs

It might be hard to believe that a PNG image could hack your Android device. And, this bug has been afloat for some time now. But, Android’s February Security Patch neutralises the PNG Hacking bugs.Google has also updated their AOSP source code to include this important patch.

Only recently, the Stage Fright bug affected 950 million Android devices worldwide. Stage Fright could hack your device with a simple text message. Remember my article about Momo Challenge and the WhatsApp hacking myth? I explained it was difficult, but not impossible to hack a phone via a message.

A PNG image could hack Android devices

The PNG hacking bug was discovered recently. Unlike the Stage Fright, the PNG bug could hack your phone soon after you open a malicious PNG image. Just opening the image could execute malicious code on your phone completing the hack. You might receive these images as emails or even messages.

Three vulnerabilities have yet been discovered revolving this bug. The codenames for these vulnerabilities are CVE-2019-1986, CVE-2019-1987, CVE-2019-1988. These vulnerabilities were found on the recent versions on Android.

Android’s February Patch fixes PNG hacking vulnerabilities

Google has added the fix for the three PNG based vulnerabilites to it’s February Security patch. Google already notified OEMs (device manufacturers) of this bug a month ago.

All the 3 Google Pixel phones – Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 have received the February Security Patch update, dated 5th February, 2019. Other brands like Motorola, LG, Lenovo, Huawei, etc. will follow soon. But, we don’t have information on whether these manufacturers will issue an update for all their phones to address the issue.

In the mean time, keep looking out for an update from your manufacturer, especially one incorporating the Feb Security Patch. If you think it’s a long shot, look out for reliable Custom ROMs with the patch.


Remember that without the Feb Security Patch, your Android device is vulnerable to a hacking attempt with a PNG image. I suggest you to open your mails on a computer and be careful with images. If you have already received the update for your device, you don’t have anything to worry about. Want to add something? Please leave a comment below.

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