Researchers from Checkpoint find new security holes in Android based phones. The vulnerability allows the attacker to access mobile phone data intact.
security flaw was revealed when researchers from Checkpoint was monitoring software running on a chipset manufactured by US company Qualcomm. Qualcomm, according to Checkpoint, there are around 900 million Android phones.
However, there is no evidence that the security hole is currently being abused in the attacks of cyber criminals.
“I’m pretty sure, you’ll see this security hole exploited by cyber criminals in three or four months,” said Michael Shaulov, head of product management at Checkpoint mobility.
The Android phones are affected by the security flaw, among others:
-Blackphone Blackphone 1 and 2
-5X Google Nexus, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
-HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
-LG G4, G5 LG and LG V10
-New Moto X by Motorola
-OnePlus One, OnePlus OnePlus 2 and 3
-Samsung Galaxy Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge version of the United States
-Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Shaulov claimed he worked for six months to reverse the codes drawn up by Qualcomm engineers to uncover these problems. Cracks were found in two locations namely in the software that handles the graphics and in the code that controls communication between processes running on mobile phones.
Exploiting loopholes that would allow an attacker to gradually take more control over your phone and get access to the data.
Checkpoint said it has submitted this information to Qualcomm. In response, Qualcomm is believed to make the patch (patches) for the opening. But until now, Qualcomm has not issued an official statement.