Install the latest Android security patch or your device could be at risk

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India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) released a security advisory on Friday noting several vulnerabilities in several versions of the Android mobile operating system. The advisory comes nearly a month after the June 14 CERT-In security vulnerability notice.

In the latest vulnerability note, CERT-In said it found 32 vulnerabilities, which it rated “high” on the severity scale in Android versions 10, 11, 12, and 12L. Android 12L is the operating system that runs on tablets and foldable smartphones.

In the report, the cybersecurity agency – under the Union’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology – said that if exploited, these flaws could allow a malicious actor (hacker) to “obtain elevated privileges, execute arbitrary code and access sensitive information on the targeted system”.

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In other words, a hacker can take control of your device or steal sensitive information, such as financial data, card details or passwords, without you even knowing.

The only fix, according to the CERT-In report, is to make sure your device is running the latest security patch applicable to the device, tablet, or smartphone. Depending on the manufacturer, a device may be eligible for the May, June or July update – it varies. Read on to see how you can update your device.

How to check and update your Android version:

Open settings on your smartphone/tablet/foldable. Here you can find your device’s Android version number, security update level and Google Play system level.

Follow these steps:

1. Open your phone’s Settings app.

2. Near the bottom, tap “About phone” -> “Android version”

3. Find your “Android Version”, “Android Security Update” and “Build Number”

4. Get the latest Android updates available for your device

5, When you receive a notification, open it and tap on update action

If you cleared your notification or your device was offline:

1. Open your phone’s Settings app.

2. Near the bottom, tap “System” -> “System Update”.

3. You will see your update status. Follow the on-screen steps.

Get security updates and Google Play system updates

Most system updates and security patches happen automatically and in the background, but if you want to manually check if an update is available:

1. Open your device’s Settings app.

2. Tap “Security”.

3. Look for an “update”:

• To check if a security update is available, tap “Google Security Checkup”.

• To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap “Google Play system update”.

4. Follow the on-screen steps.

As mentioned earlier, each smartphone/device manufacturer has their own update schedule, so your device may not yet be eligible for the latest security update released this month on the Android Project. Open Source. You are strongly advised to wait for an official update from the manufacturer rather than loading the update, which comes with its own risk.

Also, the steps mentioned above keep a generic Android device in mind. Although the steps remain the same, the exact name of the setting may vary by manufacturer.

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