News: Four new vulnerabilities could give hackers control of Android phones.
900 million Android smartphones could be at potential risk after the discovery of four new Android vulnerabilities by security firm Check Point.
Potentially giving attackers complete control of devices and access to sensitive data stored on them, the group of vulnerabilities have been named QuadRooter by Check Point researchers.
The vulnerabilities are in the software drivers Qualcomm ships with its chipsets – a huge concern as Qualcomm supplies 80% of chipsets found in the Android ecosystem.
If a hacker exploits any of the four vulnerabilities then they could be able to trigger privilege escalations and gain root access to a device. This would enable the hackers to change or remove system-level files, delete or add apps, and access the phone’s screen, camera or microphone.
Check Point has issued a warning to those with the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Google Nexus 5X, 6 & 6P, HTC One M9 & HTC 10, LG G4, G5 & V10, OnePlus One, 2 & 3, BlackBerry Priv, and Blackphone 1 & 2.
Due to the fact that the vulnerable drivers are pre-installed on devices, the vulnerabilities can only be fixed by installing a patch from the distributor or carrier. However, patches and fixed driver packs can only be issued by Qualcomm. Qualcomm became aware of the QuadRooter after being notified by Check Point in April 2016, with the manufacturer since having issued patches to OEMs.
Check Point has also released a free QuadRooter scanner app for those who may be affected, with the app available from Google Play.
The discovery of QuadRooter follows Check Point’s earlier discovery of the Hummingbad malware, which was found to have infected over 85 million Android devices.