Google has identified 11 security flaws in Samsung’s flagship Android device, the Galaxy S6 Edge, including a loophole that hackers could use to gain control of victim’s phone.
While most of the issues were fixed after Google notified Samsung, some have yet to be addressed. The bugs are reported to have significantly weakened the security of Google’s Android operating system.
Google has been at odds with many of the handset manufacturers as it wants to protect its Android brand which has often been compromised by the extra software that handset manufacturers add to their devices.
Details of the bugs were disclosed by Google's Project Zero team, whose job is to hunt out previously unknown computer security flaws. It said that several of the flaws would have been "trivial to exploit".
Among the vulnerabilities was a weakness found in Samsung's email software that could have allowed hackers to forward a victim's messages to their own account. Another allowed attackers to alter the settings of Samsung's photo-viewing app by sending the handset a specially encoded image. But Google said the most worrying issue was the presence of a bug in the wi-fi utility built in to the phone that would allow potential hackers to completely take-over their target’s phone.
Samsung confirmed it had addressed this particular issue in a security update released last month. A statement from Samsung said the three remaining bugs would be fixed via a security update later this month. "Maintaining the trust of our customers is a top priority", said the company.