A safety fault in the Android-based devices running on the Qualcomm processors has been uncovered by the experts. This fault exposes the personal information saved in the device to the hackers and also makes the device fail to function in a normal or satisfactory manner.
The security vulnerability code for this flaw is CVE-2016-2060. The code is used for describing a fault in the device’s IPv6 Media Access Control (MAC) address, used for the wireless internet tethering.
The system susceptibility was introduced when some extra tethering abilities were added in the new Application Programming Interface (API) provided in the Qualcomm processors. Interestingly, most of the modern applications use this API and it is very difficult for the Android system to distinguish the request coming from a real application and a harmful one.
A hacker can gain access to the personal information stored in the device from a malware application which is using this API.
The personal information that can be leaked from an affected device includes text messages, call records, phonebook contacts, and web history.
Technically speaking, none of the anti-virus apps available on the Play Store can find this flaw. The millions of devices running on Gingerbread, JellyBean, Lollipop, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat versions of Android with Qualcomm processors are most likely to get affected by this fault.
The American semiconductor company has already informed all of its manufacturers about this security error and a software update is expected to be released very soon by the OEMs.
There is also a chance that only the famous brands will get the software update, and the rest will remain at risk.
About Qualcomm Processors
Qualcomm is the third largest semiconductor company after Intel and Samsung Electronics. Most of the newer high-end devices are coming with Qualcomm processors. Some of the popular brands that are using Qualcomm processors in their devices are HTC, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony.
The company’s latest Snapdragon processor promises to give the device an ultrafast speed, excellent graphics, superior connectivity and longer battery life.