PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A newly uncovered security flaw in Android devices could put nearly a billion phones and tablets at risk.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Edge; Moto X; LG G4 and 5; Google Nexus 5X and 6; HTC One, M9, and 10 — these are just a handful of the Androids that have Qualcomm components under the hood, and that’s where the problem lies.READ MORE: Philadelphia Eagles Trade QB Joe Flacco To New York Jets
“An attacker could use these vulnerabilities to give themselves root access on an Android device,” said Jeff Zucuto, a researcher at Check Point, the software security firm that found the threats in software drivers pre-installed on the devices. “Everything on the device — the data, sensors — it really gives them carte blanche to do whatever they like.”
The flaws could allow a bad guy to trigger your camera microphone and also record everything you type.READ MORE: Montgomery County Air Force Pilot Fighting For Life, Daughter Killed In Plane Crash
Zucuto advises installing Android updates as soon as they’re available; downloading apps only from the Google Play store; using only trusted WiFi networks; and running an anti-virus/anti-malware app.
Check Point says Qualcomm has patched three of the four flaws — though this requires users to install the updates — with the final fix expected in September.New Wiretap Recordings In John Dougherty, Bobby Henon Bribery Trial Focuses Negotiations On Lucrative Franchise Deal With Comcast