Android bug for 900 million phones?

8 August 2016
Android bug for 900 million phones?

Android users, be warned! There's some serious security flaws that could compromise your phone, and allow criminals to get at your phone's data.

And it could hit 900 million Android devices, which is a whopper of a number.

The bugs were found by Checkpoint researchers, who were looking at software running on chipsets which were made by American company Qualcomm.

"I'm pretty sure you will see these vulnerabilities being used in the next three to four months," said Michael Shaulov, head of mobility product management at Checkpoint.

"It's always a race as to who finds the bug first, whether it's the good guys or the bad."

Which devices are affected? Well, here's a handy list for you to look at with your eyes.

  • 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
  • American versions of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

These flaws are in the software that sorts out your graphics, and in the code that controls communication between the many processes that run in your phone.

If you can wrangle these bugs, an ne'er-do-well could get control of your phone and all your data.

Now, Qualcomm have started to roll-out patches to sort this all out, but in the meantime, remember that you shouldn't download apps from anywhere that isn't the official Google Play store.

There's also a number of anti-virus apps you can get for free, which will help too. See our guide to the best anti-virus apps for Android, here.

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