Google buys small company that tests security GPU drivers




Google has taken over the British company GraphicsFuzz. The three employees get to work with the Android Graphics team. The company specializes in testing the safety of gpu drivers and will integrate its technology into Android.

GraphicsFuzz reports the acquisition on its own website. Financial details have not been disclosed. The British company has developed methods to test gpu drivers for the most part automatically, to quickly find bugs that could pose a safety risk.

The start-up showed at the end of 2016 that it could misuse found bugs via WebGL. If devices with a vulnerable driver visited a prepared page, this resulted in a reboot or a jam. GraphicsFuzz has found such vulnerabilities in gpu drivers for various mobile devices and also PCs.

Also in 2016, the team discovered a way to read the contents of other tabs via a bug in the gpu driver of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in Googles Chrome browser, when a prepared WebGL page was visited on the phone. The GraphicsFuzz team received a reward there at the time via the bugbounty program from Google.


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