Qualcomm Chip vulnerability encourages Malware attacks on Android Users

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Android users, especially those using high-end phones manufactured by Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Samsung you better be aware of this intense cyber threat.

 

Security researchers from Counterpoint Research have discovered a vulnerability in Qualcomm Chips being operated in some of the high-end smart phones that when exploited could lead to malware attacks and data steal.

 

Yes, what you’ve read is right! Vulnerability in Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem (MSM) is allowing hackers to tamper the android operating system on a device and inject malicious codes that then grant permissions to hackers to access data such as contacts, SMSes, photos, and videos along with a feature to eavesdrop on calls- converse.

 

Counterpoint researchers state that the bug has been acknowledged by Qualcomm as CVE-2020-11292 vulnerability and all OEM manufactures of Smart Phones have been notified about this vulnerability.

 

Confirmed sources from the mobile chipmaker say that the vulnerability might affect over 31% of the world’s smartphones and so phone makers are being urged to customize their chips as per the fix.

 

And to those already in the hands of users, a simple update to the latest version of OS will fix all susceptibilities that will lead to the download and installation of mobile malware.

 

Note- Qualcomm often addresses all its mobile chips as Snapdragons that are used in embedded devices such as Windows, Android, and Netbooks. And in the past few years, Snapdragon has increased its line of products with modems, Wi-Fi Chips, and Mobile Charging Products.

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