Android 12 smartphones impacted by major flaw: How to check if your phone is affected

There may be a risk to the integrity of security on some flagship Android smartphones. The new vulnerability allows malicious actors to gain control of your device. The new vulnerability CVE-2022-0847 named “Dirty Pipe” is basically an exploit found in the recent versions of the Linux kernel.

Max Kellermann reported the vulnerability, claiming that it was only present in the most recent version. This new vulnerability has been found only on Android 12 devices. Anyone can exploit the flaw to make any changes to the affected devices if they so choose.

How can “Dirty Pipe” impact you?

You will be asked to grant certain permissions when you install new apps. These permissions include access to files on your phone. These files are only accessible by most apps. This exploit allows a bad actor to potentially gain admin rights.

Although this flaw was detected in Linux-powered devices devices, Android devices also use Linux Kernel that allows the software to communicate directly with the hardware.

Silver lining

This vulnerability can cause damage to Android devices but only Android 12-based devices are affected. 9to5Google reports that only Android 12-based devices are at risk. If true, it could impact all Galaxy S22 series phones, iQoo 9 Series, Realme 9 Pro+, Pixel 6 series and other devices.

How to determine if your device has been affected

The Linux Kernel 5.8 version was launched in 2020 and that’s the only one impacted by this flaw. You can go to your Android phone’s settings, then tap on ‘About Phone’ and then tap on Android Version. There you’ll be able to see “Kernel version”. Click that to verify if you’re running version 5.8. Many phones could have upgraded to the latest version. The 5.10 version of our iQoo 9 Pro has been released.

Kernel version 5.8 on your device is not the best choice.