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Security researcher lands $70,000 for Google Pixel lock-screen bypass

Updated on 2022-11-13: Security researcher lands $70,000 for Google Pixel lock-screen bypass

A vulnerability in all Google Pixel phones allowed anyone to easily bypass the lock screen, according to @xdavidhu. The bug was fixed on November 5 in an Android security update and tracked as CVE-2022-20465. The bug can be exploited with physical access to a phone, and by swapping in a new SIM and entering its PUK code. Read more:

Overview: Major Google Pixel lock screen bypass

Security researcher David Schütz found a way to bypass the lock screen of all Google Pixel smartphones that works against all forms of lock screen protection. The attack works only if the attacker knows a SIM card’s PUK code. The vulnerability was patched in this month’s Android security updates, as CVE-2022-20465, and Schütz said he received a $70,000 bug bounty reward from Google for his finding.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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