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3 Android alerts you need to know about

3 Android alerts you need to know about
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Last week was a relatively quiet one on the Android security front but that doesn't mean there were no newsworthy items that you should be aware of.

From potentially critical flaws affecting millions of Android devices to a product recall, here's a round-up of the top three Android news stories you need to know.

1. QuadRooter Exploit

Recently, security researchers from Check Point revealed four critical vulnerabilities that could affect 900 million Android phones and tablets using Qualcomm chipsets.

Named QuadRooter, Check Point says that an attacker could exploit these fours flaws in Qualcomm software drivers with a malicious app to gain root access and full control of a device. Fortunately, QuadRooter hasn't been used for any known attacks yet and Qualcomm has already started issuing patches for the exploits.

Google also confirmed that turning on Android's "Verify Apps" security setting and disabling app installations from unknown sources will block QuadRooter malware apps.

The list of the affected devices include:

  • BlackBerry Priv
  • Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2
  • Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P
  • HTC One, HTC M9 and HTC 10
  • LG G4, LG G5, and LG V10
  • New Moto X by Motorola
  • OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

If you are concerned about this exploit, Check Point released a QuadRooter Scanner app in the Google Play app store to check if your device is vulnerable or if patches for your device are available for download.

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