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900 Million Android Devices Affected by Critical 'QuadRooter' Vulnerability

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A new Android flaw has been reported by security researchers that is claimed to affect roughly 900 million Android devices powered by Qualcomm chipsets.

 Dubbed QuadRooter, the flaw is basically a set of four vulnerabilities. The research team explains that if any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, the security flaw can give attackers complete control of affected phone or tablet, including access to sensitive personal and enterprise information stored on the device.  Access could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio.

An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities using a malicious app that wouldn't require any special permissions.

Qualcomm was notified about the vulnerabilities - found in the company's software drivers - back in April this year. The chipmaker says that all the bugs were fixed at its end and patches were handed over to customers. While fix for three vulnerabilities have already made it to recent Android monthly security updates released by Google, one is still outstanding - it'll be be included in the September update.

The research team recommends some best practices to keep Android devices safe from such attacks like downloading and installing the latest Android update; examine any app installation request before accepting; avoid side-loading Android apps, and read permission requests when installing any apps among others.

The research team has also released a free QuadRooter Scanner app on Google Play, using which you can confirm whether or not these vulnerabilities exist on your device.

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