Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2016

Processor’s vulnerability puts 900 million Android devices at risk

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over 900 million Android devices are affected by ‘high-risk’ Quadrooter flaw warns security company Check Point software technologies.
Found in devices running Qualcomm processors, QuadRooter includes four vulnerabilities, any of which can be used by hackers to take control of an smartphone. “If exploited, QuadRooter vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them. Access could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio,” says Check Point in a blog post.

According to Check Point, an attacker who exploits any of the four vulnerabilities can gain enough privileges to root access a device. Root access means an attacker would be able to control the device and would have uncensored access to both personal and enterprise data, as well as the capability to log keystrokes, use the device’s GPS tracking and audio and video recording features.

Impacted devices include the number one and number three top-selling Android smartphones worldwide – the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 – as well as other premium and flagship models like Google’s Nexus 6P, LG’s G5 and V10, Motorola’s Moto X and HTC’s M9 and HTC 10. Even BlackBerry’s Android-based Priv is vulnerable to the exploit, Check Point said.

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