Do you have an Android device powered by a Qualcomm chipset? You may be or probably are already vulnerable to a very serious threat. Maybe some one is already spying on your data. Quadrooter is the Latest Android’s Malware. Scary Reminder for you to avoid third-party Applications.
The Check Point mobile threat research team says, 900M Android devices ready on the line to new 'Quadrooter' a security bug or glitch. Which calls the set of vulnerabilities, presented their discoveries in a session at DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas, US.
This newly-discovered vulnerabilities settle up in android smartphones and tablets that ship with a Qualcomm chip may allow an assailant to take entire control of an influenced device. The set of vulnerabilities, "Quadrooter," affects over 900 million phone and tablets, according to Check Point researcher’s who discoverer’s these bugs. An assailant may have to trick a user into installing a malicious app, which wouldn't be requiring any special permissions. If that gets successfully exploited, an assailant can gain root access of the whole device, which gives the assailant full access to the device’s data and its hardware, including its camera and microphone by recording video and audio.
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Devices Affected by QuadRooter
Any device which is powered by Qualcomm Chipset is vulnerable to QuadRooter. This glitch even affects several of Google's own Nexus devices like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P.
- BlackBerry Priv, Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
- 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
How to Check if my device is affected?
Check Point Software has released an new app which scans for QuadRooter vulnerability. Get the App from Playstore.
Now the question coming into mind is how will you protect your android devices from QuadRooter?
Well, the answer is simple Check Point recommends the users to follow these practices to help keep their Android devices safe from attacks from different assailants.
- Keep updating your Android devices with the latest Android updates as soon as they are available by officials. As they includes important security updates that help to keep your device and personal data protected.
- Understand the risks of rooting your android devices – either intentionally or as a result of an attacks like these.
- Examine carefully before installing any application’s request before accepting it to make sure it’s authorised.
- Avoid unofficial Android apps (.APK files) or downloading apps from third-party sources. Instead, stick with the Google Play for downloading apps.
- Read permission request carefully while installing any application. Be wary of apps that ask for permissions that seem unusual and juice up your device’s battery and internet data unnecessarily.
Like mentioned above the only way now to keep these glitches to minimum is by avoiding unofficial and third-party application sources but still your device won’t be 100% safe in the forthcoming.