Google Warns of New Android 0-Day Vulnerability Under Active Targeted Attacks

Google has rolled out its monthly security patches for Android with fixes for 39 flaws, including a zero-day vulnerability that it said is being actively exploited in the wild in limited, targeted attacks.

Tracked as CVE-2021-1048, the zero-day bug is described as a use-after-free vulnerability in the kernel that can be exploited for local privilege escalation. Use-after-free issues are dangerous as it could enable a threat actor to access or referencing memory after it has been freed, leading to a “write-what-where” condition that results in the execution of arbitrary code to gain control over a victim’s system.

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