Major Qualcomm chip security flaws expose 900M Android users
Four major security holes in the Qualcomm chips which power modern Android devices have left as many as 900 million users vulnerable to a range of attacks.
According to Israel-based security firm Checkpoint, the flaws—dubbed “Quadrooter”—found in the firmware which governs the chips, could allow potential attackers to “trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device” using malware which wouldn’t require special permissions, allowing it to pass under suspicious users’ radars.
Qualcomm makes chips for the majority of the world’s phones, holding a 65 percent share of the market. Most of the major recent Android devices are expected to be affected by the flaw, including: