‘Verify Apps’ can block apps with QuadRooter exploits


Earlier on, newly-discovered vulnerabilities attacked Android devices shipped with Qualcomm chips, these vulnerabilities enabled an attacker to take complete control of an affected device and so far has affected over 900 million phone and tablets.

Unlike other exploits such as “Stagefright”, QuadRooter is delivered in the form of an app, in essence installing apps from unknown sources might leave you infected, to be more secured you’d have to uncheck “Unknown Sources” seen in settings > security of your device, this will stop you from installing apps from other sources.

That being said, Google just verified that the “Verify Apps” and “SafetyNet” protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities  such as QuadRooter. A statement issued from Google’s spokesperson to Android Central made it clear;

Our Verify Apps and SafetyNet protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities like these

Check Point also advises that users install Android updates as soon as possible after they are made available and also users are advised to refrain from installing “side-loading” apps, which can be recognized by.APK file extensions, and to carefully read and consider the permissions apps request when being installed.

Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of the company’s profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California, the “Googleplex”.

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.

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