DO ANDROIDS FOR 900 MILLION REALLY HAVE DEADLY BUGS IN THEM?.
You may be happy with the use of your handsets especially the modern ones such as androids. However reports reaching us indicate that those gadgets may contain software that are quite dangerous to the users in terms of personal security and other such things. Tits bits of Information on the “tricky flaws” within the handsets by technocrats were made available through Mr. Mark Ward a Technology correspondent in Las Vegas in the US. Since Ghanaians form a bulk of 900 million users of the phones who enjoy using them it is important for them to be made aware of their “tricky shortcomings”. Now read on
The flaws affect devices containing Qualcomm chips
Serious security flaws that could give attackers complete access to a phone’s data have been found in software used on tens of millions of Android devices.
The bugs were uncovered by Checkpoint researchers looking at software running on chipsets made by US firm Qualcomm.
Qualcomm processors are found in about 900 million Android phones, the company said.
However, there is no evidence of the vulnerabilities currently being used in attacks by cyber thieves.
“I’m pretty sure you will see these vulnerabilities being used in the next three to four months,” said Michael Shaulov, head of mobility product management at Checkpoint.
“It’s always a race as to who finds the bug first, whether it’s the good guys or the bad.”
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
Mr Shaulov said six months of work to reverse engineer Qualcomm’s code revealed the problems.
The flaws were found in software that handles graphics and in code that controls communication between different processes running inside a phone.
Exploiting the bugs would allow an attacker to gradually be able to take more control over a device and gain access to its data.
Image copyright AP Image caption The flaws could be used to make booby-trapped apps that steadily gain access to a phone’s data
Checkpoint handed information about the bugs and proof of concept code to Qualcomm earlier this year.
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.
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.
In addition, Mr Shaulov 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.
By Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai
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