Qualcomm Quadrooter Bug Affecting 900 Million Android Phones To Be Patched Next Month
by Jules Wang
Review by Charles Mohapel
pocketnow.com, Android Central.com, Check Point News ISBN/ITEM#: CM160808ANDROID
Date: 08 August 2016
Previously Android users had to worry about the nasty "Stagefright" exploit, but now it's so yesterday as far as threats go. On Monday August 8, 2016, security firm Check Point announced a group of four vulnerabilities which it has designated "Quadrooter". All four vulnerabilities spewcifically target Android phones with Qualcomm hardware, meaning around 900 million devices are vulnerable. For now, the only way to know if your phone is theoretically vulnerable is to download Check Point's QuadRoot scanner app from the Play Store.
Another Def Con convention down and developers have people talking about this year's Stagefright.
Security company Check Point is publicizing four major Android vulnerabilities that it is dubbing as a package, "Quadrooter", found in Qualcomm-made chipsets.
Snapdragons are estimated to be on about 900 million Android handsets from the Nexus devices to Samsung, HTC to LG, BlackBerry to Blackphone.
Any malware presents itself as an app that the user may install, but for the malware to target these four vulnerabilities, it does not have to request for any special permissions. Access through any one exploit can let attackers into your device for them to root it. The exploits have to do with the inter-process communication router, the anonymous shared memory feature in the Android kernel, GPU kernel graphics processing, and the CPU-app sync feature.
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