LAHORE (Web Desk) – A serious security flaw in Android phones has been revealed and it can make your data vulnerable to hackers as they can easily sneak into your smartphone.
The problem has been identified in software used in about 900 million Android phones, including the HTC One, New Moto X by Motorola, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
There is currently no evidence of anyone affected from the bug but I.T gurus are convinced that the bug exists.
Android phones embedded with Qualcomm processors are found to be the basic target of bug.
What adds misery to Android users is that they can hardly find a clue of bug presence in their smartphones. Reportedly, The results have now been handed to Qualcomm, who is believed to have started to work on a fix for the bug.
The only way to save yourself from the bug is not to install applications from third party sources apart from Google Play store.
Meanwhile, tech experts have devised an application “QuadRooter Scanner” to check whether your personal handheld device was infected from the virus or not.
What Android devices are at risk?
QuadRooter vulnerabilities are found in software drivers that ship with Qualcomm chipsets. Any Android device built using these chipsets is at risk. The drivers, which control communication between chipset components, become incorporated into Android builds manufacturers develop for their devices.
Since the vulnerable drivers are pre-installed on devices at the point of manufacture, they can only be fixed by installing a patch from the distributor or carrier. Distributors and carriers issuing patches can only do so after receiving fixed driver packs from Qualcomm.
This situation highlights the inherent risks in the Android security model. Critical security updates must pass through the entire supply chain before they can be made available to end users. Once available, the end users must then be sure to install these updates to protect their devices and data.
How can I protect employee’s devices from attacks using these vulnerabilities?
Without an advanced mobile threat detection and mitigation solution on the Android device, there is little chance a user would suspect any malicious behavior has taken place.
What are the risks if an attacker exploits the vulnerability on a device?
If exploited, QuadRooter vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them. Access could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio.
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