Following the discovery of a bug that showed hundreds of Google accounts as being connected to unassociated private users, Google has actually temporarily closed down Photos on Android TELEVISION. The mysterious software application flaw showed possible personal privacy issues, and the company said a repair is in the works.
According to Android Authorities, Google decided to end on its Image service shortly after getting a report from Twitter user Prashanth that he was seeing an enormous list of Google users in his linked accounts menu. Prashanth was using a 55- inch Vu LED TV when he observed the limitless scroll of unfamiliar user names and profile pictures displaying on his screen.
Initially, a Google support Twitter account recommended that Prashanth contact the producer of his TV. But then another Twitter user chimed in to state they were having the same issue and published screenshots taken from his iFFalcon tv that’s equipped with Android TV. Fortunately, none of the private photos of the incorrectly linked accounts were available. The two users who published about the bug were running Android 7.0 and Android 8.0 Oreo, respectively, so it appears that the issue is present in multiple versions of the software. However Prashanth stated he was unable to replicate the bug on his Android TV-equipped Xiaomi Mi Box 3.
When it became clear that the issue was probably related to its software application, Google chose to shut the feature down while it investigates even more. The Google support account tweeted the following declaration: “We take any report like this extremely seriously, so in the meantime, we’re disabling Google Photos for Android TV and the ability to from another location cast by means of the Google Assistant.”
While it appears private images were inaccessible, that does not suggest a bad star who understands what they’re doing couldn’t make use of the security hole to get their hands on users’ pictures or otherwise use the account names to target users. As we saw with the iCloud leakage of 2014, that sort of incident can spin extremely out of control.
We’ve asked Google if it has any further info about launching a repair however we did not receive an instant reply. We’ll upgrade this post when we know more.