Android Threat: Security Flaw Feared In 900 Million Phones

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Today we have a very unfortunate story, especially for Android users. A number of critical security flaws have been detected by Checkpoint researchers in Android devices that are powered by Qualcomm processors. This estimates the number of vulnerable devices up to 900 million Android phones, according to Qualcomm. These flaws can grant a hacker total access to a device’s data. Up to this date, it has not been reported that these vulnerabilities have been exploited by hackers.

However, Michael Shaulov, Checkpoint’s Head of Mobility Product Management, is very confident that these vulnerabilities will be used by hackers within the next 3 – 4 months. There is a list of affected devices which you should know about:

  • BlackBerry Priv & Dtek50
  • Blackphone 1 & Blackphone 2
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 & Nexus 6P
  • HTC One, HTC M9 & HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, & LG V10
  • New Moto X by Motorola
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 & OnePlus 3
  • US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 & Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

According to Mr. Shaulov, the flaws were found in the software related to graphics and controls communication. Qualcomm has been made aware of this and they have created patches to counter these flaws and distributed them to phone companies and operators worldwide. However, there has been no details on how many companies have actually released updates to customers using these devices.

The best thing that owners of these devices can do is to delete third party applications and use Google Play store only for any app they wish to download. Furthermore, try to contact your service provider or the store that you bought your device from and ask them whether they are releasing an update to fix this issue. We reached out to Qualcomm for a comment on this issue, but we have yet to receive one.