Cybersecurity researchers at Check Point have just sounded the alarm. You have actually discovered a major security vulnerability in the network communication protocol of the Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem. Specifically, they believe that this vulnerability could allow malicious code to be injected into the phone using the Android operating system. The chips affected would be quite numerous and make up almost 40% of the smartphones in circulation worldwide.
This is the case with Samsung phones, but also with Xiaomi, Google and One Plus. The good news, however, was that the vulnerability that became public this week had actually been known since October and Qualcomm had already corrected it last December.
“We don’t know who patched or not”
However, many smartphones are still vulnerable to this day. In fact, Qualcomm released its patch, but manufacturers need to take this into account when updating and it all takes time. So we still have to wait for a full fix of all devices, but there is no doubt that the giants of the industry are trying to fix the problem as soon as possible.
For its part, Qualcomm explains, “We don’t know who patched or not. In our experience, these fixes take time to implement, so many phones are likely still exposed to the threat. “
As a reminder, cybersecurity issues on mobile are increasingly affecting businesses. According to a Check Point report, 97% of companies worldwide were exposed to these threats in 2020. In detail, 46% of companies saw that at least one of their employees had downloaded a malicious application in the past year. A real problem, especially since four out of ten smartphones worldwide are vulnerable and urgently need corrections.
Faced with these increasingly tangible threats, analysts suggest introducing solutions known as Mobile Threat Defense. These are defense tools that combine different technologies to detect the most sophisticated anomalies and attacks.
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