Researchers at security firm Check Point have uncovered four vulnerabilities names QuadRooter present in Qualcomm chips used in nearly a Billion devices. Three of the four have now been patched but one remains outstanding. If exploited hackers could gain root access to the devices including all the stored data.
Devices susceptible to the vulnerability include:
Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
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
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
While the September Android security patch should shore up this gaping hole many of us know that getting these updates deployed to our devices in a timely manner can be a bit hit or miss especially with certain carriers who tend to drag their feet. Of course there are probably a significant number of other vulnerabilities that have not yet been disclosed to the public. While smart phones have become the main gateway to the digital world for most people in the modern age it comes with a lack of common sense. Never store anything on your device that you wouldn't feel comfortable printing out and leaving in a public place. As we have seen with countless intrusions in the past if there's something sensitive or damning in a digital format it will find its way into the wrong hands. Thankfully the contents of my rather embarrassing EuroPop house cleaning play list remain between me and my phone, for now.