Google: ‘Quadrooter’ vulnerability is not a massive security threat

Google: ‘Quadrooter’ vulnerability is not a massive security threat

Against the backdrop of the 'Quadrooter' vulnerability presented by security firm Check Point at the Def Con Hacking convention held in Las Vegas this past Sunday, tech giant Google has said in a statement that the vulnerability does not pose as massive a security threat as it is projected to.

The Quadrooter vulnerability, according to Check Point, affects nearly 900 million Android mobile devices - smartphones as well as tablets - which are powered by Qualcomm chipsets. The devices affected by the vulnerability include some high-end Qualcomm-powered Android handsets, like Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge; the HTC One; Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P; the OnePlus 3; and the BlackBerry Priv, among others.

In presenting the Quadrooter vulnerability at the Def Con event, Check Point said that Quadrooter is a combination of four security flaws which are linked to graphics-handling software, as well as the programming for the communication of the different components of Android devices running Qualcomm chipsets.

Though Check Point has asserted that Quadrooter vulnerability can potentially enable hackers to gain control over the various features of affected Android devices by breaching through their defenses, Google claims that the vulnerability would not be much of a problem for users of Qualcomm-powered Android devices.

Google explained that its August update already covers three of the four security flaws comprising Quadrooter vulnerability; and added alongside that he fourth flaw will be fixed in a forthcoming update to be released in September.

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