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Indian Government Sounds Alarm: Windows, Android, iPhone and iPad have active vulnerabilities that are “currently being exploited”

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The Indian government has issued a warning about vulnerabilities in Apple’s software ecosystem, Windows OS and Android mobile OS.

According to the CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team), the official information security division, these vulnerabilities, if not eliminated, could be exploited by hackers to gain remote access to devices.

The organization advises users to update their iPhones, iPads, Windows laptops and desktops, and Android smartphones to the latest version available. Apple and Google have already released software fixes, and Microsoft said the vulnerability has not yet been exploited.

CERT-In said in a statement that the operating system for iPad and iPad has a zero-day memory corruption vulnerability that is actively exploited by attackers to gain elevated privileges on the system. This issue affects all iPhones starting with the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation). Apple has released iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 fixes for this bug.

Android CERT-In warns users of a pitfall in Signal applications. According to the organization, the application is vulnerable to sending random images other than the selected ones to the recipient, thus violating the sender’s confidentiality. Signal claims that the issue was fixed in the latest update – Signal Version 5.17.3 for Android.

Regarding Windows, the Indian government is concerned about a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to elevate the system. The issue affects many variations of Windows 10 from version 1809 to the newest 21H1 and server versions. Microsoft has already reported the vulnerability, which has been rated High Severity and has been identified as CVE-2021-36934. The company is just preparing to release an update to fix the error, but notes that the vulnerability in real life was not exploited by cybercriminals.

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Here’s what can happen when using an iPhone 13 with a cheap, non-genuine cable. The phone began to beep and get very hot

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Gizchina reports that one iPhone 13 user used a new smartphone with a very cheap 30 cents charging cable and nearly burned his phone.

The user confirms that when charging with this cable, the smartphone began to beep and became very hot. It’s good that the owner of the smartphone immediately drew attention to this. Otherwise, it could lead, at best, to a cable failure or to a smartphone fire. This often happens when using cheap charging adapters and cables.

Apple warns that it is dangerous to use non-MFi-rated, non-MFi-certified accessories with its products, with the blame resting on the user.

On e-commerce platforms, you can find a huge range of chargers with a Lightning connector starting at less than a dollar. However, there are many accessories among them without MFi certification. This certification ensures that Apple has approved the use of the cable or charger with its devices.

Usually, the iPhone warns users when using a faulty accessory, in which case it is better not to risk it so as not to lose an expensive device.

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Xiaomi 12 with Snapdragon 898 will be released in December, but even before that the company will present a powerful smartphone with Snapdragon 870

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There is no exact data regarding the date of the announcement of the flagship smartphone Xiaomi 12, but more and more sources agree that it will be released in December this year. So this time, a Chinese source writes about the December debut of the device. But at the same time, Xiaomi 12 will be the only representative of the series, which will be released before the end of the year.

Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Ultra will appear a few months later – closer to March 2022. That is, the situation will be repeated with the models of the current Mi 11 line. But even before the premiere of Xiaomi 12, a new smartphone from the Chinese company with an almost flagship status will be released – it will be built on SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. What kind of model it will be, the source does not specify.

According to rumors, Xiaomi 12 will receive a curved screen Samsung AMOLED E5 with an embedded front camera and a 5000 mAh battery. What kind of camera it will have is not reported, but Xiaomi 12 Ultra is credited with a triple camera with sensors with a resolution of 50 megapixels.

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Google will try to transfer some of the new features from the Pixel 6 to older smartphones

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Google has introduced many new features for its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones. Especially camera related. One would think that these features will not come to the previous generations of Pixel, since the new products are based on special Tensor SoCs, and the old models rely on Qualcomm solutions. However, this is not the case.

Some of the new features will still appear on older Pixel generations.

As with all Pixel features, we strive to provide as many of these as possible for older Pixels where technically possible – although it may take some time to implement. Some technologies will require additional technical investments, such as the Live Translate feature, since our language models on new smartphones are designed to run on the proprietary Tensor SoC (which is not available on older Pixel models). We do not currently have an exact rollout date on older Pixel versions, but stay tuned for more news in the future.

As such, Google will continue to adhere to its strategy of expanding the availability of new features.

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