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It’s true what they say, security updates can be a pain for the users. Everyone has experienced the annoying notification prompting them to update their phone software. But this month’s update for the Google Pixel line-up isn’t something one can ignore. Among the routine bug patches and feature updates is a serious security flaw with the designation CVE-2024-32896. Let’s have a closer look at why this software update has gotten everyone riled up.

A Nasty Security Update Surprise

Security specialists in the states are rushing to address this high-severity firmware issue. Although the details of the very specific CVE-2024-32896 have not been disclosed by Google, they have issued a warning stating that:

“may be under limited, targeted exploitation.”

You might ask yourself, what this indicates? Well, this simply means that there may be active efforts by hackers to exploit this vulnerability in order to obtain unauthorized access to your Pixel phone!

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The terrifying aspect? Due to this vulnerability, they are able to gain an escalation of privileges, which effectively gives them total access over your smartphone! Think of it like this, the possibility that a hacker may access anything on your phone, including your financial details, texts, and images! Imagine now that they have the ability to steal your data, install spyware, or even completely lock you out of your own phone.

The Government Takes Action

The United States administration is aware of how severe this threat is. A severe warning has been issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to all government employees that use Pixel phones; either upgrade to the June patch (Android 14 QPR3) by July 4th, or give up using them completely! This shocking turn of events has everyone riled up and this poses as a national level security threat for everyone who’s involved.

Not Just A Pixel Security Update Problem

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This is when things start to become a bit alarming. The news isn’t great for other Android users, even if Google has fixed the bug for Pixel phones. Security experts predict that this issue also probably affects other Android devices. But fear not, the next Android 15 version contains the remedy. But just like how good can’t exist without evil, there’s a catch. It may take months or even longer for many smartphones to obtain the Android 15 upgrade because the software update is still rolling-out to this day!

The Future Of Android Phones & Future Updates

The significance of receiving security updates on time is highlighted by the discovery of CVE-2024-32896. It serves as a reminder to Google and other Android device makers to give priority to rolling out security fixes more quickly and consistently. It serves as a harsh reminder to users that maintaining our online security is more crucial than ever. So it’s essential to stay ahead of the curve, upgrade our devices often, and use safe browsing practices.

Stay tuned for more tech news like these; this has been your favorite friendly neighborhood techie, Zayaan, Signing Off!

Zayaan Khan
A Mechanical Engineer who wrangles with drones and designs by day and your favorite friendly neighborhood techie/ gearhead by night. I’ve always been intrigued by how everything works. Blessed with penmanship, I take the latest in tech/ automotive news and craft it into something that keeps you glued to your screen! You can simply call me the “The Engineer who writes”