Android Bug Spotted in 900 Million Devices

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Android users should check their device to see if it’s susceptible to one of four newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Researchers from the IT security firm Check Point have identified four separate vulnerabilities that affect some 900 million Androidsmartphones and tablets. Known collectively as “QuadRooster,” these vulnerabilities were first presented at DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas, with security analysts sounding the alarm soon thereafter.

How QuadRooster Works

As explained by Check Point, the QuadRooster vulnerabilities are associated with software drivers within the Qualcomm mobile processors. Qualcomm chipsets power many Android smartphones and tablets. But the drivers these processors use to communicate with its components are vulnerable to hacking.

Hackers can exploit the QuadRooster vulnerabilities to take full control of an Android device. And once a hacker has infiltrated a device, he or she can access all of its data, including names, contacts, photos, calendar events, accounts and more.

Some of the Android devices affected by QuadRooster include:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • BlackBerry 1
  • BlackBerry 2
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P
  • HTC One
  • HTC M9
  • HTC 10
  • LG G4
  • LG G5
  • LG V10
  • Moto X
  • OnePlus One
  • OnePlus Two
  • OnePlus Three
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Is My Device Affected by QuadRooster?

Whether your Android device is listed above or not, you should still check to see if it’s affected by QuadRooster. Thankfully, Check Point has released a new app specifically for this purpose. Available for free download on Google Play, the Check Point QuadRooster Scannerdoes exactly what its name suggests: it scans your Android device to see if it’s vulnerable to QuadRooster.

Unfortunately, the only way you can fix the QuadRooster vulnerabilities is by downloading a patch that’s issued by your carrier. So if your device is affected by QuadRooster, contact your carrier to request a fix.