Vulnerabiltiy found in Android phones
Monday 8th August 2016 | Arren
Research from the compnay Check Point has uncovered 4 vulnerabilities in Android devices that could give full access to user's devices.
The system flaws were found in software running on chip sets built by the US firm Qualcomm. The chips handle graphics and the code that controls the communication between processes that run on phones.
Check Point say that these vulnerabilities can easily be exploited by hackers through malicious apps that wouldn't need any permissions from us. The exploitative apps could slowly give the attackers more and more control over devices infected, eventually leading to 100% access to the phone and all its data.
Qualcomm are the world's leading chip set designer who's products can be found in 900 million Android devices including HTC, Samgsung, LG and Nexus models. Check Point say that so far there is no sign that these issues have been exploited by attackers.
"I'm pretty sure you will see these vulnerabilities being used in the next three to four months" said the head of mobility product management at Check Point when speaking to the BBC adding, "It's always a race as to who finds the bug first, whether it's the the good guys or the bad".
The problematic chip sets and drivers are pre-installed at the point of manufacturing; but can be fixed. All users need to do is install a patch that solves the issues - but these can only be giving through the distributors of the phones - and they can only do that once they receive it from Qualcomm.
It's reported that Qualcomm has built the patches for the bugs and released them to the phone makers / operators, but it's not known what companies have issued the updates. Check Point advises that users download and install the latest updates as soon as available, and if still in doubt can download their QuadRooter Scanner that will let you know if your device has the patches.