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Over 900 million Android devices “face new security threat”

Over 900 million Android devices “face new security threat”
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More than 900 million Android devices using Qualcomm chipsets are exposed to a set of four vulnerabilities called QuadRooter, Check Point security has warn.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]The access gained could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio.[/quote]The four security bugs allow an attacker to trigger privilege escalation exploits to gain root access to vulnerable devices, the researchers say.

Although QuadRooter affects only smartphones and tablets built using Qualcomm chipsets, the 65% share of the LTE modem baseband market that Qualcomm enjoys at the moment results in an impressively high number of devices being affected.

Check Point says that some of the latest and most popular Android devices found on the market today that use the Qualcomm chipsets include BlackBerry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P, 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 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Over 900 million Android devices “face new security threat”
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According to Check Point, if any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, an attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device.

An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities using a malicious app. Such an app would require no special permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, alleviating any suspicion users may have when installing.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”] Check Point says that some of the latest and most popular Android devices found on the market today that use the Qualcomm chipsets include BlackBerry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P, 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 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.[/quote]The tech security company warns that without an advanced mobile threat detection and mitigation solution on the Android device, “there is little chance a user would suspect any malicious behaviour has taken place.”

Over 900 million Android devices “face new security threat”
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If exploited, Check Point says that QuadRooter vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them.

The access gained could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio.

The security firm suggests that Android device users can protect their devices from the QuadRooter by taking the underlisted precautions:

  • Download and install the latest Android updates as soon as they become available. These include important security updates that help keep your device and data protected.
  • Understand the risks of rooting your device – either intentionally or as a result of an attack.
  • Examine carefully any app installation request before accepting it to make sure it’s legitimate.
  • Avoid side-loading Android apps (.APK files) or downloading apps from third-party sources. Instead, practice good app hygiene by downloading apps only from Google Play.
  • Read permission requests carefully when installing any apps. Be wary of apps that ask for permissions that seem unusual or unnecessary or that use large amounts of data or battery life.
  • Use known, trusted Wi-Fi networks or while traveling use only those that you can verify are provided by a trustworthy source.
  • End users and enterprises should consider using mobile security solutions designed to detect suspicious behavior on a device, including malware that could be obfuscated within installed apps.

 

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng