Nearly 50% of all smartphones affected by Qualcomm Snapdragon bugs

Nearly 50% of all smartphones affected by Qualcomm Snapdragon bugs

Several security vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chip could allow attackers to take control of more than 40% of all smartphones without user interaction, spy on their users, and create un-removable malware capable of evading detection.

DSPs are system-on-chip units are used for audio signal and digital image processing, and telecommunications, in consumer electronics including TVs and mobile devices.

Despite their complexity and the number of new features and capabilities DSP chips can add to any device, unfortunately, they also introduce new weak points and expand the devices’ attack surface.

The vulnerable DSP chip “can be found in nearly every Android phone on the planet, including high-end phones from Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and more,” according to Check Point researchers who found these vulnerabilities.

URL: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nearly-50-percent-of-all-smartphones-affected-by-qualcomm-snapdragon-bugs/

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