According to a new revelation, nearly 900 million Android devices are affected by a newly found bug called “QuadRooter“. This major malware was uncovered by security firm Check Point. These folks have also released an app to detect whether your smartphone/tablet is vulnerable to the bug. If your device uses a Snapdragon made chipset, the chances are that it is indeed impacted by this new bug.
The bug manages to creep inside the device in the form of an app (downloaded from outside the Play Store) which requires no permissions on the device, allowing it to freely conduct its business and potentially sell your device data to third parties. Although Qualcomm already knows about this particular bug, the onus is now on the manufacturers to send out patches containing the fix as Qualcomm has seemingly patched the bug on its end.
The name QuadRooter emerges from the fact that it’s a set of four vulnerabilities. While Qualcomm and manufacturers have fixed three of the vulnerabilities with the July security update, the last vulnerability will supposedly be fixed with September’s Android security update.
Make sure you download the QuadRooter Scanner app to check if your Android device is vulnerable to this particular bug.
Via: GSM Arena