It seems someone or the other is always there to cause trouble for the gadgets that we use. There is a vulnerability called QuadRooter that specifically targets Android phones using Qualcomm chipsets. The QuatRooter vulnerability is suspected to have affected more than 900 million Android phones.
What is the QuadRooter vulnerability and how does it affect your Android phone?
Almost 65% mobile phones using the LTE modem baseband use the Qualcomm chipset and it is the mobile phones getting the Qualcomm chipset that are being affected by the QuatRooter vulnerability. The major mobile phone brands affected by this vulnerability are
- Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
- New Moto X
- OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
- HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
And a slew of other Android mobile phones using the Qualcomm chipset.
The QuatRooter vulnerability can give the attackers complete control of your device and total access to your sensitive personal and enterprise information. The attackers also get access to your key logging, GPS tracking and audio and video recording.
How does your Android phone get affected with the QuatRooter vulnerability?
It’s mostly when you are prompted to install an app that the vulnerability installs itself on your mobile phone. It is mostly happening when people independently download some .apk file instead of installing apps from a trusted source like Google Play Store.
How can you save your Android phone from getting affected by the QuadRooter vulnerability
Standard advice: don’t just randomly install apps from any place. Use trusted Wi-Fi connections. Don’t install apps just because a pop-up is asking you to. Be very cautious when you are installing new apps because sometimes while installing, they ask your permission to install third-party apps and in your hurry to use the app that you want, you may end up giving them the permission.
All in all, just because apps are easily available and in many cases, free of cost, it doesn’t mean that you go on a binge. Be selective while installing apps on your Android mobile phone and you can easily avoid problems like the QuadRooter vulnerability.