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Android mobile phones are prone to a threat that allows hackers to use their WIFI network to hack their devices

Most of the smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset


According to new security research almost all the Android devices are at risk of being hacked with the use of Wi-Fi. The hackers simply make use of the Wi-Fi connection to hack your Android mobile phones.

These days more or less all smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. These processors are more vulnerable to the risk that consent to hackers to get hold of the mobile phones only by connecting to the same Wi-Fi set-up that is being used by the user. As a result of this million handsets that have been powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor are susceptible to the threat.

According to Tencent Blade QualPwn is a chain of vulnerabilities discovered in Qualcomm chips. One of them permits the hackers to find the middle ground to WLAN and Modem over-the-air. And the other gives consent to the attackers to get hold of the Android Kernel from the WLAN chip. They all together take advantage of the chain of vulnerabilities to compromise the Android Kernel over-the-air in a number of conditions. This means once the attacker gets connected the third-parties can be allowed to fling malevolent data packets over-the-air. After that, it runs a code that towards the end makes way into the victim’s device by getting full control.

In addition to this, Tencent Blade made this clear that it did not test all the Qualcomm chips. The report says, “We only tested on the Google Pixel2/Pixel3. Results of our tests indicate that unpatched phones running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835,845 may be vulnerable.”

It has also reported the details to Google and Qualcomm. However, both the companies stated that they have issued fixes. Qualcomm has taken this issue into its consideration and it released a security patch to OEMs on 2019-6-03 unfolding the concern and appealed the OEMs to download and integrate suitable patches.

With regard to this issue, Qualcomm also issued its statement, “Providing technologies that support robust security and privacy is a priority for Qualcomm. We commend the security researchers from Tencent for using industry-standard coordinated disclosure practices through our Vulnerability Rewards Program. Qualcomm Technologies has already issued fixes to OEMs, and we encourage end-users to update their devices as patches become available from OEMs.”

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