‘QuadRooter’ Android vulnerability affects over 900 million phones and tablets – no device is safe

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A new security flaw that gives hackers complete access to your smartphone or tablet has been found in software used on hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.

The security flaw was found by cyber security firm Check Point as part of research into the software that runs on the Qualcomm processors.

Qualcomm’s chipsets are used in about 900 million Android smartphones and tablets.

Check Point’s warning, which was issued on its blog on Sunday, says that all of the world’s leading Android smartphone manufacturers including Samsung, Motorola, Sony, Google, LG and HTC are affected.

“Odds are, if you have an Android device, you are affected,” read Check Point’s blog post.

Even the very latest Android smartphones are affected, with models such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, HTC One M9 and Google’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 all at risk.

This includes Blackberry’s new DTEK50, which the company says is “the most secure Android smartphone” is vulnerable to QuadRooter .

The full list of affected devices are:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
  • HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
  • New Moto X by Motorola
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
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QuadRooter vulnerability on the Nexus 6P

Check Point warn that the Android vulnerability could be exploited by a malicious app that would give a hacker full access to any device with a Qualcomm chipset.

While Qualcomm has issued a patch for flaw, this is yet to be passed on to manufacturers and network carries, who then need to push the patch out to their customers.

A final update which will safeguard devices is not expected until September when Google releases its monthly security update for Android.

Check Point has released its own tool called QuadRooter Scanner, which you can download from the Google Play Store in order to check if your device is still vulnerable.

Check Point recommends that all users install the latest updates onto their Android smartphone or tablet and avoid downloading apps outside of the Google Play Store.

 

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