More than 900 Million Android devices has been discovered with new android vulnerabilities called as a Quadrooter. All those devices that ship with Qualcomm chip are vulnerable to the flaws.
The Check Point mobile threat research team, which calls the set of vulnerabilities QuadRooter, presented its findings in a session at DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas.
What is QuadRooter?
QuadRooter is a set of four vulnerabilities affecting Android devices built using Qualcomm chipsets. Qualcomm is the world’s leading designer of LTE chipsets with a 65% share of the LTE modem baseband market.
The four security vulnerabilities are:
If any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, an attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device.
More interesting fact is the almost all of the high end popular smartphones are being vulnerable to new flaws. Some of the popular smartphones are:
- New Moto X by Motorola
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
- LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
- OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
- Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
- Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
- HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
- BlackBerry Priv
These are being discovered in devices mostly running with Android Marshmallow and with Qualcomm chip. All those companies whose smartphones are vulnerable are responding quickly to this issues. Google is leading the patching race by fixing the three of the four vulnerabilities with the latest set of security updates.
It has been reported that Qualcomm has already released the code to the phone manufacturers.
If you are worried about your smartphone then check if your devices is vulnerable to Quadrooter by using this Check Point’s free app.