Quad Rooter Attack: 900 Million Vulnerable Android SmartPhones
You may have heard about Olympus has fallen and London has fallen but those are just movies. This is real life and this threat is real. You do not need to watch a movie see how critical this problem is. In this case, Android has fallen. The threat I am talking about here is the Quad Rooter Attack. You are not the only one under attack here. About 900 million Android devices will be affected by this threat.
If you thought that this is as bad as it gets then you are wrong. Unfortunately, devices that are affected by the Quad Rooter Attack may never be patched. This means that it is most probable that these Android devices could be under constant attack and could be rendered useless.
Attackers can gain root level access to these devices. The Qualcomm chips in question are found in 900 Million Android devices. Now I am no analyst but I think it is safe to say that this is a huge number of devices that are affected.
Critical Quad Rooter Attack Vulnerabilities:
The four Quad Rooter Attack security vulnerabilities are as follows:
- CVE-2016-2503 discovered in Qualcomm’s GPU driver and fixed in Google’s Android Security Bulletin for July 2016.
- CVE-2016-2504 found in Qualcomm GPU driver and fixed in Google’s Android Security Bulletin for August 2016.
- CVE-2016-2059 found in Qualcomm kernel module and fixed in April, though patch status is unknown.
- CVE-2016-5340 presented in Qualcomm GPU driver and fixed, but patch status unknown.
We recently talked about how Qualcomm was doing well in the industry and how it was a great time to be in the smartphone market. This issue might dent that success. What do you think about this Quad Rooter Attack? Will it affect the company?