Qualcomm patches major chip security flaw

Sead Fadilpasic | April 26, 2019

Qualcomm patches major chip security flaw
Qualcomm has patched a vulnerability in a few dozen chips which allowed hackers to steal sensitive information from the devices running them. The information included encryption keys and passwords, it was said. According to the announcement, the vulnerability which was given the name CVE-2018-11976 means malicious actors could track down passwords stored in a secure area of the chipset known as the Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment (QSEE). The vulnerable chips can be found in millions of Android-powered devices like smartphone and tablets. Qualcomm has since released a patch, however the Android market is fragmented and each individual manufacturer (for example Samsung, LG or Sony) needs to patch their own devices individually. That means there's a real risk of millions of Android devices going unprotected. The tiny caveat with the vulnerability is that it needs root access to the device. The actual device needs to be “rooted”, which in itself is a security-risky move. Researchers argue that this vulnerability means QSEE failed to do its primary task, which is to prevent hackers from fully taking over a device.

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