Android bug could affect almost one billion phones

Android bug could affect almost one billion phones

Android bug could affect almost one billion phones

Written by Staff Writer

09 Aug, 2016 | 7:31 am

Almost one billion Android devices are at risk of serious security flaw which can give attackers access to all data and hardware, including the camera.

The bugs were uncovered by Checkpoint researchers looking at software running on chipsets made by US firm Qualcomm.

Exploiting the bugs would allow an attacker to gradually be able to take more control over a device and gain access to its data.

Although the researchers haven’t found evidence of cyber criminals exploiting the bug, they believe it could be used within the next three to four months.

Checkpoint has created a free app called QuadRooter Scanner that can be used to check if a phone is vulnerable to any of the bugs, by looking to see if the patches for them have been downloaded and installed.

Affected devices included:

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

US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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