QuadRooter is the latest vulnerability on Android handsets, for now there are an estimated 900 million devices at risk. Quite a lot i must say, although a list of affected devices had been published, this doesn’t exclude you from the threats. Thankfully Check Point Software have put together an app that will test your phone or tablet for the vulnerability and let you know if you are at risk or affected.
According to Check Point:
The Check Point QuadRooter Scanner analyzes your Android smartphone or tablet to discover if it’s vulnerable to the newly-discovered QuadRooter vulnerabilities. QuadRooter allows attackers to take complete control of Android devices, potentially exposing your sensitive data to cybercrime. The scanner app is designed to give you clear indications of the threat risk to your device and provides more information about QuadRooter, including which vulnerabilities affect your device and how they work.
So how can you tell if you are affected? You can download a free copy of the QuadRooter Scanner from Google Play, and it will tell you in a few moments whether if your device is infected or vulnerable to the threat.
Google recently confirmed also that the “Verify Apps” and “SafetyNet” protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities such as QuadRooter and also warned users not to install apps from unknown sources. What if your device is infected or vulnerable? Then it’s up to your phone manufacturers to provide a patch quickly (Let’s hope they do)…
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is an international provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, data security and security management. Check Point competes in the antivirus industry against AVG, Avira, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda Security, Sophosand Symantec among others. The company is Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile. 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.