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“Quadrooter” Security flaws Hit 900 million Qualcomm Powered Android phones

by Jed John 37

A new set of Security vulnerabilities affecting Android smartphones and tablets that are powered by a Qualcomm chipset have been uncovered. These set of four newly discovered flaws affects over 900 million devices and could let attackers take control of an affected smartphone or tablet.

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Dubbed “Quadrooter” the vulnerabilities which are four in numbers was discovered by researchers at US-based Check Point Software Technologies. The Tech company first notified Qualcomm of its chipset vulnerability in April and industry standards allow for a 90-day period for Qualcomm to produce and distribute security patches to fix the vulnerabilities before the vulnerabilities were made public.

The Quadrooter security flaws allows attackers to trick a user into installing a malicious app which ordinarily would require permissions but in this case, no special permissions is required. When this happens, an attacker can gain root access to the Android device’s hardware, including its camera and microphone and the phone’s data.

The list of smartphones affected cuts across brand names and price range, as long as the device is powered by a Qualcomm processor. Even Google’s own branded smartphones, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexs 6P are not spared. And even Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagships are not spared from the security flaws. Quite hilariously, Blackberry’s much hyped “most secure Android smartphone”, the Blackberry DTEK50 is also vulnerable to one of the four flaws.

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A Google spokesman has confirmed the existence of the flaws and hinted that a security patch to fix the flaws will be made available in September. But before that happens, Android users can protect themselves from the QuadRooter Qalcomm chipset vulnerability and all potential threats by only downloading apps from the Google Play Store, avoid using unsecured WiFi connections, and avoid the practice of Rooting Android phones, at least for now.

Also, whenever Android updates become available users should ensure they install the updates as soon as possible and running security apps like ZoneAlarm or Mobile Threat Prevention could help as well. Aside that, Android users should ensure they carefully read and consider the permissions apps request when being installed. Unusual requests for battery or data access should be deemed suspicious and investigated or denied.

 

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  • AbdulB1

    That’s why Apple sells well…

    • Alex

      If you don’t root then it’s not a problem. This problem has nothing to do with apple selling well. They have their security flaws too.

      • AbdulB1

        no, it is not just about rooting. Look you can do whatever with windows os but still have updates from Microsoft to fix it. You still have administrator rights. but Android is just not update-able remains on same old version.

        • MaxPower

          I hope you’re being sarcastic

          • AbdulB1

            Google has cleverly designed Android, they distribute it to free for companies to modify and link it to Google software ecosystem. Google makes huge amount of money from play store and they still can’t be sued as they are not selling the code for Android they are merely giving it free.

          • MaxPower

            Sued? So you’re saying people can sue Microsoft for getting viruses? Is that what you’re trying to say?

          • AbdulB1

            No!

          • Alex

            I have no idea what you are talking about. But I get it, you don’t like Android. But I don’t think you understand. Android is open sourced. Companies don’t have to use the Google playstore, eg. Mi app store.

          • AbdulB1

            Actually Android is useless without Google play store.

          • MaxPower

            Why?
            You can install third party app store, Amazon has one for example.
            You can also install individual apps using the APK just like with Windows and .exe files.

            I’m having trouble to understand your point.

          • AbdulB1

            u can’t update android yourself. you need oem unlock and u need to build a rom and patch it. Android is not even close to ubuntu. it is just a messy os.

          • MaxPower

            I really can’t follow you anymore.
            We are talking of smartphone’s OS and you come up with Windows.
            Now you’re mentioning Ubuntu.

            How’s Android messy? Make some example so people can understand you. Leave Windows and Ubuntu out of this conversation.

          • AbdulB1

            ubuntu can be updated it is also free but u cant update android.

          • MaxPower

            You keep avoiding my questions and you come up with statements that means really nothing.
            No disrespect, but I have a feeling you don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • AbdulB1

            Android is mess because you cant update it. once it leave the factory company may not update the os at all even the hardware supports it. PC are different they can get latest os if hardware supports. But Android cant be updated without drivers and specific files from Soc maker. Android is cool about customization but what it does not allow it to be upgraded to latest os. Apple has done great job even my old ipad3 can be updated to latest os even it made it somewhat slower. Android still never gets updates.

          • MaxPower

            I guess we have different priorities:

            You enjoy your last update of your soon become slower iPad, while I prefer older OS that does exactly what I want to, without any restrictions and it’s smooth and fast doing it

          • AbdulB1

            well I dont like apple way to slowing things up by forced disk encryption and un needed ui changes. But still I can say my ipad is updated to latest patches.

          • MaxPower

            As long as that makes you happy

          • AbdulB1

            Play store can’t be installed with rooting. Xiaomi playstore does not come on other devices and not as an apk. Baidu play store does come as apk but u know it is all in Chinese. Google play store is better than others and Google removes harmful apps occasionally.

          • MaxPower

            Play store can be installed with rooting. You might want to check your sources.

            I mentioned before Amazon app store, reliable for both free and paid apps.

            There’s also Aptoide app store.

          • AbdulB1

            Google play store can not be installed that way

          • MaxPower

            Well, guess what, you’re in the right place.

            In this site we talk about Chinese phones that, by Chinese government regulation, all come without Google play services.

            Ask anybody here if they can’t install Google play.
            They ALL have Google play store WITH and WITHOUT root.

          • AbdulB1

            I have lived in China myself and I know what are conditions of phones there. I knew I had to install play store via rooting. But not every rom is made compatible to allow play store to be installed. And xiaomi if it does allow without root install there are still problem with google apps. you can never be sure of correct working of Google apps.

          • MaxPower

            I’m writing you from a Xiaomi phone with Google play installed, no root, no problem at all.
            Same with my wife’s LeTV X500.

            What Ubuntu phone are you using now?

          • AbdulB1

            I also have redmi note 3g and it also gets latest security patches. Although I bought the chinese verison but was able to turn to global rom. But the question still remains about new android versions and features. xiaomi does better job of keeping things up to date but what about zte? I have grand s2 but it was not updated after 4.3 by the company. Furthermore it was a very bad experience to install play store on it as it use to freeze on google aps and i had to power reset it. Same is case with MTK powered phones by chinese manufacturers they are not updated to latest version at all, mostly. Snapdragon phones do sometimes get updated but it is also not same for every phone.

          • AbdulB1

            And regarding ubuntu os on pc u can update it. just by running a command on terminal. forget such quick and easy updates on android phones.

          • MaxPower

            Dude, do you realize you’re speaking of two different things?
            One is PC And one is a phone.

          • AbdulB1

            What is more confusing is that PC can be updated but phones cant? why there is such a limitation?

          • Alex

            Now it’s like you are just trolling. U talk like you know what u r talking about. U live in china but u don’t know how to install play store without rooting. It doesn’t take a genius to do it. C’mon man. I’m using Mi5 unrooted that comes with Mi Store. I installed Play store and now I have Mi Store and Google Play store. I have never had any problems with my Google Apps. So there you go.

          • AbdulB1

            Yea, not every ROM works well with play store without root

          • Alex

            But you were talking about Xiaomi. So you are talking about MIUI. Every time someone comes with answers you make another statement that has nothing to do with what you were saying. And you need root to install apps that needs root, so nothing to do with working well or not. Just like you need to jailbreak ios to install apps that needs to JB first.

          • AbdulB1

            Apple Store is present on each and every iOS device. It does not matter where u bought it ….. China or no China . For pirated apps yes u do need to jail break it .

          • Alex

            You say not every rom works well with play store w/o root. I say yes it does because I use 3 Android phones, 1 rooted 2 unrooted. Now you say apple store is present on every IOS. What were we talking about? lol. Ok whatever you say Abdul. woosh

          • AbdulB1

            u were talking about play store not me. I own more Chinese made phones than u, and I know what I am talking about.

          • Alex

            Oh sorry I thought we were talking about microsoft and ubuntu and unicorns.
            Oh wow congratulations that you own more Chinese phones than me. Yet you don’t know how to install google playstore without root and without problems. LoL
            And ya,sure you know what you are talking about. You proved it in all your statements. :p

            *btw i’m being sarcastic. wanna let u know just in case it goes over your head

  • Poison

    The question is how to use quadrooter

  • Maude Hartley

    Is that tool “Quadrooter” is free to use?