Over 900 Million Android Devices are Vulnerable to QuadRooter

Security seems to be the major problem of Android OS in general, the fact is 80% of Android users don’t even know what this means and how it affects them.

Another security flaw has been discovered on Android operating system, Researchers at security firm Check Point have exposed the flaw that involves Android devices powered by Qualcomm chipsets.

Last year was Stage fright which Google responded to very quickly, the new flaw is called QuadRooter, grouped into four and it’s affecting over 900 million smartphones and tablets running Android OS, Samsung Galaxy S7 and BlackBerry DTEK50 are also affected and yet they claimed to be the world’s most secure smartphone.  

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. 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.

QuadRooter can give attackers complete control of affected phone or tablets, which also include sensitive personal information stored on the device, attacker only need to trick user to install malicious app that wouldn’t ask for permissions.

Qualcomm has been notified about the flaw, the company claims all the bugs were fixed at the end and patches were handed over to customers and the remaining three vulnerabilities have made it into Android monthly security update release by Google, the last one will be included in the September update.

Some of devices that uses Qualcomm Chipsets:

  • 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

Meanwhile if you are using a device powered by Qualcomm chipsets and you’re wondering whether this affects you, you can download the CheckPoint free App called QuadRooter Scanner on GooglePlay.