What is The Quad Rooter Android Vulnerability?
A security flaw called the Quad Rooter has recently been discovered on android phones using the Qualcomm snap dragon chipset. Check point has found a set of 4 vulnerabilities collectively referred to as the Quad Rooter Android Vulnerability is estimated to affect 900 million android devices. A check point blog lists some of the most common devices that are subject to these vulnerabilities as the Black Berry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, Samsung galaxy S7, S7 edge, LG G4, LG G5, LG V10, and many more. For your device to be exploited you would have to install a malicious application. Once you install the app, it then gains root access in order to hijack your device. With root access this app will steal all of your personal data, work data, and gain access to your camera or microphone. They can even track your location using the GPS. Pretty frightening stuff quite frankly!!
How can you protect yourself?
In order to keep your device safe, remember to install the latest security updates. Manufacturers are already releasing updates with fixes to the quad rooter vulnerabilities, so be sure to install them. Do not install applications from unknown sources. For example, downloading and installing an APK (android application package) from a torrent site. This is because developers can design the app to exploit the quad rooter vulnerabilities. Under the security settings in your android phone you have the option to allow the installation of apps from sources other than the google play store. Its disabled by default but it can????????t hurt to make sure it????????s off. Check point has also released an app to scan your device for quad rooter. Follow these simple steps and your device and your data should remain unharmed.