Qualcomm QuadRooter flaw hits around 900 million Android devices

The latest Android security fright circles Qualcomm, which is one of the largest chipset providers of Android smartphones and tablets. The flaw is dubbed as “QuadRooter”; it is named so because of its 4-pronged admission into Android and Qualcomm-powered devices. A hacker misusing this flaw could employ one of the entry points to access and take over a device completely. A report by Check Point has exposed the entire issue through a blog post.

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For all those wondering about the risk level of their devices, you can go to the Play Store and install “QuadRooter Scanner” app. It will scan your device and inform you if it is affected by the flaw or not. Sadly, almost a billion Android devices are affected by QuadRooter, and it is yet to be patched. Even though Qualcomm had issued fixes for all the four flaws to the manufacturers, but Google is yet to roll out a security patch for one last flaw.

Google is expected to roll out the patch for the final flaw with the September security update. With more than three weeks left for September update, hackers still have one window (flaw) to root into devices and gain full control over them. QuadRooter flaw has exposed sensitive user information to the hackers.

In a blog post, Check Point mentioned some of the latest and most popular Android devices with Qualcomm chipsets:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • 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

We would like to suggest our readers to stay careful, especially when installing a new app. It would be better if you stay away from third-party apps. Through apps, hackers can find a way to get into your device’s control.

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August 10, 2016 9:32 am 9:32 AM

Blackberry also in the list hahah big jump few years ago and now bb is in dirt very bad times for them.

August 9, 2016 1:15 pm 1:15 PM

Android and Security are kind of contradictory terms.
If you really care about security, you shouldn’t use android in the first place.

Jyotirmoy Manna,Howrah,Kolkata
August 9, 2016 10:02 pm 10:02 PM

Tell me why do you say that? Is it your personal experience or theory?

August 9, 2016 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

It’s a Universal truth. Just like sky is blue, Sun rises in the east and sets in the west . To give you an example, just see the list above, you’ll see ‘Blackberry Priv’ is also there. Blackberry used to be the GOLD STANDARD in mobile security. See what android did to it. Now tell me who will consider it in business environment where people focus more than security than playing with their phones.

Jyotirmoy Manna,Howrah,Kolkata
August 10, 2016 7:13 pm 7:13 PM

That is why Blackberry is going to be an extinct race.

Kiran Fernandes
August 9, 2016 3:12 pm 3:12 PM
Tell me about the fappenning. Google it if you have no idea what’s that. Not everything is secure. I’ve been using android since 2011, and it’s fantastic. I love customizations, and I don’t download shitty apps like the rest of the dumb android users. I also got my phone rooted. With a custom ROM and xposed modules like gravitybox and greenify. And about viruses, you get a virus when you download a shitty software from the browser, and there are some crappy apps on the play store too. I never needed an antivirus on my Jiayu s3. I don’t give… Read more »
Sunny | Lucknow
August 9, 2016 11:24 pm 11:24 PM

Madam…hahaha..KKKKKKK KIRAN Kome here and klarify somethings lol.

August 9, 2016 5:07 pm 5:07 PM
O hello Madam! I know about that. I didn’t say everything else apart from Android are safe. Thing is, just like hacker exploited iCloud vulnerability, it is more than possible to exploit android vulnerabilities too. And Google releases security patch for Nexus phones only, all other Android OEMs may not even release it for their devices till their end of life. There are billions of Android phone out there without security patch for previous vulnerabilities too. You can’t even count unpatched vulnerabilities Android devices have. And your concept of security is deeply flawed. To stay safe you don’t root or… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes
August 10, 2016 9:05 am 9:05 AM

I’m a guy lol. If you say that rooting a phone and installing custom ROMs is dangerous, then you’re delusional. Rooting gives you administrator permissions. It’s the same as being an administrator in windows. Otherwise you’re using android as a guest. And Google doesn’t take your personal information like bank account passwords, credit card numbers etc.

August 10, 2016 12:29 pm 12:29 PM

Lol! I was about to ask you for a date. Thanks for saving my money love. :-*

Jyotirmoy Manna,Howrah,Kolkata
August 9, 2016 10:09 pm 10:09 PM

Useless advice.
I have been using android since the time when 2.3 was just released and did not face any problems though I have been using with an antivirus till the last year.
Now using without an antivirus though not rooted at present.

Kiran Fernandes
August 9, 2016 6:33 am 6:33 AM

On mediatek 6752. I’m safe xD