Four previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with Qualcomm chips could let a hacker take full control of an affected device. Almost a billion Android devices are affected by the “high” risk privilege escalation vulnerabilities, dubbed “Quadrooter,” say researchers at security firm Check Point.
If any of the flaws are successfully exploited, an attacker can gain root access, which gives the attacker full access to an affected Android device, its data, and its hardware — including its camera and microphone.
Complete fixes won’t be available until the September security release next month.
Details may be found in an article by Zack Whittaker in ZDNet at http://goo.gl/qj5anz.