According to check point, the flaw is fundamentally a set of four vulnerabilities that has already affected over 900 million smartphones and tablets all over the world running Google’s Android OS
Surprisingly, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7 flagships and BlackBerry DTEK50, which blackberry boasted to be “the world’s most secure Android smartphone.” were the most hit by QuadRooter.
How It Works
The QuadRooter security flaw gives attackers complete control of any affected phone or tablet, including access to sensitive personal and enterprise information stored on the device once exploited. This is made possible by the application of a trick to deceive android users to install a very dangerous and malicious app unknowingly to them as it would require no special permissions to suggest it’s a malware. Once installed, your phone activities will then be monitored by the bad guys in the backyard.
What Is The Way Forward
At the moment, Qualcomm is now aware of this latest threat and the company is doing everything within their power to fix it as soon as possible. The company says that all the bugs were fixed at its end and patches were handed over to customers. While fix for three vulnerabilities have already made it to recent Android monthly security updates released by Google, one is still outstanding – it’ll be be included in the September update.
How Do I Know If My Phone Is Infected With QuadRooter
Fortunately, Check Point has launched a free QuadRooter Scanner app on Google Play which users of devices running on Qualcomm chipset can use to scan and analyze their phones to know if they’re affected with the flaw or not.