High Risk Security Vulnerability in Qualcomm mobile processors

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A recent study carried out by some cyber security researchers from Checkpoint has discovered a serious vulnerability in nearly 40% of top end mobile phones manufactured by reputed companies such as Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus.

Experts say that the flaw allows hackers to take remote access of a victimized device that are loaded by Android OS and will let them induce malicious codes into phones granting them access to SMS Messages, photos, videos and other phone related data.

Qualcomm has confirmed the vulnerability and classified it as CVE-2020-11292. It says that its engineers are working on the fix that since Dec’2020 and might come up with a fix by June 2021.

In another research carried out by Counterpoint, Qualcomm’s mobile station modems are said to cause the above stated vulnerability. Study says that the component that is useful to connect various services such as radio, voice calls and media is said to be acting as an access point to hackers to break into the QUALCOMM processors.

Note 1– In the year 2017, Qualcomm faced an anti-trust suit from the European Competition Commission for breaching the agreement made with Apple Inc. So, it had to pay a penalty of $4.7 billion to the latter for an arrangement to use the said company products for the next few years.

Note 2- The Company that is into the sales of semiconductor and wireless communication related to hardware and software is also into philanthropic activities and does so through its business segment dubbed The Qualcomm Foundation.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security