A couple of weeks ago, a gorgeous looking wallpaper with a “malicious code” was making its rounds online, causing certain Android devices running on the Android 10 OS to enter into what is best described as a perpetual reboot loop. As it turns out, the photographer who took the shot with his camera image is nothing more than a program glitch.
Gaurav Agrawal, the man responsible for taking the background-worthy image, recently said in a report by the BBC that the issue that arose with the pictured stems from a bug within the image editing software, Adobe Lightroom, and that he was unaware of the glitch. On account that he had never tried it.
Apparently, the Lightroom glitch gives users three colour-modes to export the finished image into, post-editing. Agrawal reportedly chose the third option in the list, which was also the option that led to the disastrous outcome for Android device owners that set the image as their phone’s background.
As to why this incident took place, security firm Pen Test explains that the reboot loop was most likely caused by the affected Android phones’ inability to check the “image colour space” properly. In this case, the image clearly didn’t use the “Standard RGB” format and that caused the affected phones to crash and enter into a perpetual reboot state. To which the only solution was to do a hard reset of their phone.
In light of the incident, Agrawal says that he’ll be saving his edited images in a different format from now on. On a related, it seems that he had no ill intentions with the image. So, no harm no foul, we guess.