Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Experts have discovered a vulnerability in almost 1 billion devices on Android – RT in Russian

The Israeli developer of solutions for cyber security Check Point discovered in Qualcomm processors built into smartphones and tablets running Android operating system, the error with which hackers can get data from the user device.

Israeli cyber security experts have called such Quadrooter mistakes, because each of them allows hackers to gain administrator privileges (root) and full control over the device, “Vedomosti” reported with reference to the Financial Times. Hackers could provoke owners of devices to download a malicious application, and then remotely extend the rights of the application so that it could see all the information on the device, including access to the messages in WhatsApp, e-mail, password, from mobile banking.

In 2015, Qualcomm, according to ABI Research, referenced by “Vedomosti”, controlled 65% of chips for smartphones with support for 4G. The victims could be about 900 million Android devices, including smartphones, positioned as prohibited: among them Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Blackberry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P, HTC One M9 and HTC 10, Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

As noted by the Israeli company, Google and Qualcomm have been informed of the dangers. The latter has developed a product that eliminates them, said the publication with reference to the Vice-President of Engineering Qualcomm Product Security Initiative Alex Gantman.

This is not the first discovery of vulnerabilities in Qualcomm and Android products. In July 2015 the American company Zimperium Mobile Security discovered the vulnerability in Android Stagefright, which were exposed to 950 million platform devices. In March 2016, Trend Micro antivirus reported vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, potentially threatening nearly 1 billion users.


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