Researchers have warned of an unpatched vulnerability that could impact as many as 60 percent of devices running the Android operating system. They also urged Businesses using Android-powered smartphones to review their security practices as soon as possible.
This was caused by a flaw in software used by chip maker Qualcomm and could have wide-ranging effects on Android smartphones given that up to 80 percent of its chips are used in Android powered smartphones, including handsets made by HTC, Samsung, Sony and many others. This malicious app, once installed would enable hackers to gain complete control over an entire device but using it to hoodwink the on-board security protections.
According to the researchers, the vulnerability is found within the Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment (QSEE) software. The flaw manages to get past Google’s stringent Play Store regulations that’s why it can be shared to other devices.Although monthly Android updates rolled out by Google should be able to neutralize the flaw, researchers still warns that quit a lot of companies have been too slow to provide regular updates to their workers.
According to research about 27 percent of Android phones dont receive monthly updates anymore because they too old, many are still stuck on Android 3.x.x and may not be updated to Android 4.4.4 or later.
To prevent this, it is expected that smartphone manufacturers speed up the development and rollout of updates and patches for devices which are either affected or are likely to be affected.
Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million. The Android mobile operating system is currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Qualcomm Inc. is an American multinational semiconductor company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. It derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the bulk of its profit from patent licensing businesses. The company headquarters are located in San Diego, California, United States, and has 224 worldwide locations.