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Hacker Rewarded $70,000 for Finding Way to Bypass Google Pixel Phones’ Lock Screens

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Nov
2022
Hacker Rewarded $70,000 for Finding Way to Bypass Google Pixel Phones’ Lock Screens

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Google has resolved a high-severity security issue affecting all Pixel smartphones that could be trivially exploited to unlock the devices.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-20465 and reported by security researcher David Schütz in June 2022, was remediated as part of the search giant’s monthly Android update for November 2022.

“The issue allowed an attacker with physical access to bypass the lock screen protections (fingerprint, PIN, etc.) and gain complete access to the user’s device,” Schütz, who was awarded $70,000 for the lock screen bypass, said in a write-up of the flaw.

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