Millions of Android devices are vulnerable to over 400 hundred security and privacy flaws, including spying, malware, bricking, and more…
Anyone with an Android phone powered by a Snapdragon chip is potentially at risk to a slew of security flaws. Researchers at Check Point have discovered more than 400 hundred vulnerabilities, nicknamed “Achilles,” within the DSPs, or digital signal processors of Qualcomm’s chips. And, these are exploits that can do real damage to consumers, according to the security firm, which is keeping details secret to prevent malicious uses.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips Contain Hundreds of Android Security Vulnerabilities
Among the vulnerabilities are the ability to record phone calls, steal users’ data, render mobile devices unusable, and deploy silent, non-removable malware. However, Qualcomm is aware of the flaws and shared its plans to provide fixes to brands it supplies with its chips. Additionally, the company states that it does not have any evidence of actual exploits.
Although this means there’s a relatively low level threat, Achilles remains in the wild. Moreover, an estimated 40 percent of smartphones that shipped in 2019 contain Snapdragon chips, including Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi. This means that “hundreds of millions” of devices are still at risk of attack. But, Qualcomm is working on solutions, though Android vendors are notoriously slow to deliver updates.