Technology News: 400 vulnerabilities in Qualcomm’s Digital Signal Processor Chip have been discovered by Check Point Security researchers. This Qualcomm snapdragon chip is being used in Android Phone which puts all 3 billion users globally in risk.
Various Android Phones use this Qualcomm chip. These also include premium phones from brands like Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and more. These chips have covered 40% of the market.
Check Point tested the Qualcomm chip and discovered over 400 vulnerable pieces of code. If exploited it can allow hackers to turn any smartphone into a spying tool without the user’s interaction. Hackers can get access to data including photos, videos, call recordings, real-time microphone data, GPS and location data as well.
“We have also updated relevant government officials, and relevant mobile vendors we have collaborated with on this research to assist them in making their handsets safer,” Check Point said.
Hackers can also push a denial-of-service attack which would freeze their smartphones. This way all the data on the phone will be permanently available.
Another dangerous thing is that hackers can inject malware and malicious code on these smartphones that will not only hide their activities but even make them irremovable.
CheckPoint however informed Qualcomm about the vulnerability and they have patched 6 security flaws
“Regarding the Qualcomm Compute DSP vulnerability disclosed by Check Point, we worked diligently to validate the issue and make appropriate mitigation’s available to OEMs.
We have no evidence it is currently being exploited. We encourage end users to update their devices as patches become available and to only install applications from trusted locations such as the Google Play Store,” Qualcomm said in a statement to Bleeping Computer.
Apple Iphones are safe because they use in-house chips