A new android malware called Quadrooter has been detected, for those in the dark, Quadrooter is a set of four vulnerabilities that provide a different path for an attacker to gain root access to your device through a malicious application that doesn’t require any special permissions to function.
Long story short, over 900 million devices have been affected so far, some of which include:
- BlackBerry Priv (THE IRONY!),
- Blackphone 1 and 2,
- Google Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P,
- HTC One M9 and HTC 10,
- LG G4, G5, and V10,
- New Moto X by Motorola,
- OnePlus One, 2 and 3,
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge,
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
P.S. This list is not exhaustive, thankfully Check Point Software have put together a special app called QuadRooter Scanner that will thoroughly analyze your smartphone or tablet to discover it is susceptible to the exploit.
To stay safe, you should examine any app installation request before accepting; avoid side-loading Android apps, and read permission requests when installing any apps.