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Mobile phones have become an integral part of modern life. Recent phone models successfully replace computer, e-book reader, media player, camera and more. Virtually all the digital transaction may be carried out by using this small mobile device. Not surprisingly, the safety of modern smartphones raises many questions and causes for concern. Companies producing phones and their accessories, as well as software and application creators try to provide maximum protection, but sometimes things go awry.
A dangerous flaw
Recently researchers of the company “Checkpoint” discovered software defect while working on chipsets of US Company Qualcomm. These flaws could compromise the work of more than nine million smartphones running on the Android platform. In addition, if a clever hacker uses this flaw to his whole “power,” he will be able to get unlimited access to the data stored in the phone memory.
And the general public now know about the flaws, it is logical to assume that attacks will follow soon.
Head of “Checkpoint” has warned the creators of chipsets, as well as companies whose products they are using, users of almost a billion smartphones will be at risk of attacks by hackers and cyber thieves within a few months. According to him, searching for bugs like a high-speed race, participants are both producers and hackers from the one who finds the first flaw, security depends huge amount of data of personal and corporate character.
Phone models that are in the risk zone
The creators of chipsets, communications providers, and companies whose products are at risk have already taken measures and pledged to provide their users with updates, neutralizing flaw. In the zone risk of attacks were millions of smartphones following models: “BlackBerry”: BlackBerry Priv and Dtek50; “Motorola”: New Moto X; HTC: HTC One, M9 and 10; “Sonia”: Sony Xperia Z Ultra; “Samsung”: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge; LG: LG G4, G5, and V10; Blackphone 1 and 2; Google Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P; OnePlus: OnePlus 1, 2 and 3. If you own one of these models, especially purchased in the United States, and you did not install updates in the past few months, it is necessary to contact the manufacturer or an authorized reseller for more information.
A flaw was discovered in the software, which is responsible for the graphics in the code, provides communication between the different processes running at the same time. This bug could allow an attacker to eventually gain full control over the device. “Checkpoint” has developed a security code that does not allow using the flaw. However, researchers sent data and security code data to company Qualcomm. Qualcomm received data flaw in February, and the security code – in April this year. In the period from April to June, its experts, in collaboration with other companies have tried to reach at the most efficient solution.
According to Qualcomm’s representatives, they have created a patch for the already issued and used models, as well as changed data on the production of chipsets.
It is for those who are not sure if their device is at risk. The experts of “Checkpoint” created an application called QuadRooter Scanner which scans your phone for vulnerabilities, as well as offering appropriate patches if they are freely available. In addition, the head of the “Checkpoint” has advised users of smartphones and tablets on the Android platform to download applications only from trusted sources, ie the Google Play Store, which tests all the products for the presence of malware.