Beware, a hidden bug in Android could kill your phone

The vulnerability in how Android handles malformed MKV files has yet to be addressed

You might not know it but a vulnerability in Android might render your phone lifeless. It will be silent, with no ring, texts or notifications sounds and be unable to make calls.

What versions are affected? Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) up to 4.1.1 (Lollipop) which make more than half of current Android devices in active use today.

What’s scarier? There has been no patch for the vulnerability issues in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code, despite Trend Micro reporting it in earlier May.

The bug resides in Android’s mediaserver service – any malformed video file that uses the Matroska container (with the .mkv extension) could crash the service and in the process, the whole OS.

It’s easy to take advantage of via either a malicious app or via websites that can exploit the device. All this is triggered simply by how Android handles media files so beware any app that points you to a seemingly innocuous video.

If you think your phone’s been compromised, Trend Micro advises you to restart it in safe mode and use compatible security software to protect your phone from any further breaches.