Snapdragon Bug Leaves 40% of Phones Vulnerable to Threats

The bug is found on the chip's DSP

With Qualcomm being the dominant chipset used by Android smartphones, it is a big issue when security researchers spot any bugs and vulnerabilities. Recently, Check Point spotted as many as 400 vulnerabilities in the DSP of Snapdragon processors. According to their research, the vulnerability translates to around 40% of the world’s smartphones potentially affected by the bug.

Based on Check Point’s findings, the reported vulnerabilities can exploit an affected Android phone into a spying device without any input from the user. It can also install malware without the user noticing it, with some being difficult to uninstall. In a worst-case scenario, these vulnerabilities can brick a smartphone.

These vulnerabilities have been relayed to Qualcomm, carrying the following codes: CVE-2020-11201, CVE-2020-11202, CVE-2020-11206, CVE-2020-11207, CVE-2020-11208, and CVE-2020-11209. Qualcomm acknowledges the issue and has started issuing a security patch to affected devices.


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