Quadrooter Flaw is the set of four vulnerabilities which are affecting Android phones that are running on Qualcomm chipsets. On using any of these four vulnerabilities, the attacker can exploit a device and gaining the root access to the user’s phone.
According to the reports there are more than 900 million Android devices which are running on these Qualcomm chipsets. Qualcomm has recently launched Snapdragon 821 which is 10% more powerful than the 820.
Now there are lots of devices and all these are affected with the “High” risk privilege escalation vulnerabilities. With this, it will become easy for the attackers to trick the users by installing the malicious application. If anyone of these flaws is successfully exploited then the attacker gains the access root of the device. This would provide the complete access to the affected device to the attacker. This includes all the data, hardware like camera and microphone.
Check out some popular devices that are affected by the Quadrooter Flaw.
As we said earlier, the devices which are running on the Qualcomm Chipsets are vulnerable to this attack. Some of the devices are HTC’s One M9 and HTC 10, Google’s Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3, Samsung’s Latest smartphones Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10. These are the smartphones those are named with the vulnerable to one or more of the flaws. Report says that there will be more, but as of now these are the confirmed ones.
The recent release of the smartphones from the Blackberry Dtek50, as the company says it is the most secure Android smartphone in the world, is also vulnerable to this. The Qualcomm’s spokesperson says that the chipmaker has fixed all of the flaws and had released the patches to the customer, partners and even to the open source communities.
How to check for your phone:
The users who are worried about their phones can download the application from the Google Play Store called Quadrooter Scanner.
On installing this application, the users can scan their device and the results will be shown. This application will provide the details about if any vulnerabilities are there on the device.