Android's September 2020 Patches Fix Critical System Vulnerabilities


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Aug 17, 2014
Google addressed two critical vulnerabilities in the Android System component as part of the newly released September 2020 set of security patches.

More than 50 flaws are described in the Android Security Bulletin for September 2020: twenty-two as part of the 2020-09-01 security patch level and twenty-nine with the 2020-09-05 security patch level.

Of the 22 issues fixed with the 2020-09-01 security patch level, 10 impact Framework (four elevation of privilege and six information disclosure), 7 were addressed in Media framework (six information disclosure and one elevation of privilege), and 5 affect the System component (one remote code execution, two information disclosure, and two elevation of privilege).

The most important of these bugs affects the Media framework component and is tracked as CVE-2020-0245. According to Google, the flaw leads to information disclosure in Android 10 (rated high severity), or to remote code execution in Android 8.0, 8.1, and 9 (considered critical).

“The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in the Media Framework component that could enable a remote attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process,” the Internet giant explains.