A set of four undisclosed security vulnerabilities (named as ‘QuadRooter’) is currently affecting Android devices which are running on Qualcomm chip-sets. A hacker can take root access of your android devices and can access your sensitive data. Reportedly – Over 900 million Android devices are affected with this vulnerabilities.
There are lot of devices which are available in market running on Qualcomm chip-sets. By getting the root access, attackers can install a malicious application because they have full access on your device which includes hardware, softwares, Microphone and camera.
Mobile security researchers, Adam Donenfeld & Arnaud Lebrun found the flaws and reported these QuadRooter vulnerabilities at Def Con security conference in detail on Sunday.
Qualcomm has launched the new Snapdragon 821 recently, which is upto 10 percent powerful than the 820. Snapdragon 820’s maximum speed was 2.15GHz while Snapdragon 821 claims 2.4GHz.
What is QuadRooter?
QuadRooter is a set of four vulnerabilities. Currently it is affecting Android devices which are built using Qualcomm chip-sets. Qualcomm is the world’s leading designer of LTE chipsets with a 65% share of the LTE modem base-band market. If any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, an attacker can get root access of your devices by installing some malicious application.
Android Devices which are affected with QuadRooter till now
Below are the devices which can be affected with QuadRooter as these are running on Qualcomm chip-sets-
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6
- Google Nexus 6P
- HTC One M9
- HTC 10,
- OnePlus One
- OnePlus 2
- OnePlus 3
- LG G4
- LG G5
- LG V10
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Blackberry Dtek50
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Blackberry claims that Blackberry Dtek50 is most secure Android smartphone in the world but it is also vulnerable to this. According to a Qualcomm’s spokesperson, the chipmaker has fixed all of the flaws and had issued patches to customers, partners and also the open source community.
How to check your device?
- Download an Android app named ‘QuadRooter Scanner’ from Google Play Store using the link below.
- Install this App and open it.
- Click on ‘Tap to Scan’.
- App will scan your device and show the results.
If App will find any vulnerabilities, It will show detailed information of this. As in my case, device is not affected by QuadRooter vulnerabilities.
What to do if affected by QuadRooter attack?
Reportedly, Google will release a security patch in September and smartphone manufacturers will start rolling out this patch very soon. Wait for the next security patch released by your device manufacturer and install it asap. Stay tuned at 9to5net, we will keep you updated about the patch.