Android security update fixes Mali GPU flaw exploited by spyware


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Google has released the monthly security update for the Android platform, adding fixes for 56 vulnerabilities, five of them with a critical severity rating and one exploited since at least last December.

The new security patch level 2023-06-05 integrates a patch for CVE-2022-22706, a high-severity flaw in the Mali GPU kernel driver from Arm that Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) believes it may have been used in a spyware campaign targeting Samsung phones.

"There are indications that CVE-2022-22706 may be under limited, targeted exploitation," reads Google's latest bulletin. CISA also highlighted the active exploitation of CVE-2022-22706 in an advisory released in late March.
It is worth noting that Samsung addressed CVE-2022-22706 in its May 2023 update. The company's quick response to the active exploitation of the flaw is likely due to its users being explicitly targeted by the spyware campaign.

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