Watch Out! your phone may be danger. Android bug threatens over 900 million phones.
Bug fear threatens over 900 million Android smartphones: Report
The bugs were uncovered by Checkpoint researchers looking for software running on chipsets made by US firm Qualcomm.
Qualcomm processors are currently found on an over 900 million Android phones.
However, there is no evidence of the vulnerabilities currently being used in attacks by cyber-thieves.
Affected devices mainly includes these phone models:
- BlackBerry Priv
- 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
- US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The flaws were found in software that handles graphics and en-codes the controls and communication between different processes, running inside a phone.
Exploiting the bugs would allow an attacker to gradually be able to take more control over your device and gain access to your data.
In response, Qualcomm is believed to have created patches for the bugs and started to use the fixed versions in its factories.
It has also distributed the patches to phone makers and operators. However, it is not clear how many of those companies have issued updates to customers’ phones.
In addition, Mr Shaulov the Qualcomm, head of mobility product management at Checkpoint, said Android owners should only download apps from the official Google Play store to avoid falling victim to malicious programs.
“People should call whoever sold them their phone, their operator or the manufacturer, and beg them for the patches,” said Mr Shaulov.
Qualcomm has yet to respond to a request for comment.
As a security measure, Android owners should download apps only from the official Google Play store.
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