Qualcomm chipsets are at risk of attack from hackers but the firm is working on a fix. Here you can check is your Android device vulnerable or safe from the Quadroot.

Up to 900 million Android devices have a flaw that could give attackers full control of a device, according to researchers at Checkpoint Security.

All affected devices tested were using software running on a Qualcomm chipset. The flaw was uncovered after reverse engineering the way in which the devices handle graphics and other processes.

A whole range of big-ticket handsets – and a bunch that tout their security credentials – are vulnerable to the problem, including handsets from BlackBerry; Blackphone; Samsung‘s Galaxy range; LG’s G4, G5 and V10; Nexus 5x, 6 and 6P; OnePlus handsets and more.

While the list of devices is extensive, researchers found no evidence that the vulnerability was being exploited in the wild. But that’s not to say it won’t be.

“I’m pretty sure you will see these vulnerabilities being used in the next three to four months,” Michael Shaulov, head of mobility product management at Checkpoint told the BBC.

In the meantime the company has launched the QuadRoot Scanner app to let people find out if a handset is vulnerable with advice on how to minimise risk.

Qualcomm hadn’t responded on this, but the company has developed a patch that it’s now using on devices in its factories. Manufacturer-specific versions will be released in due course.


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