900 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones open to malware

Qualcomm is in hot water with malware able to hit up to 900 million smartphones.

Anthony Garreffa
Published Mon, Aug 8 2016 10:24 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Qualcomm is in some serious hot water right now, with Check Point revealing four vulnerabilities under the QuadRooter name that take advantage of issues with Qualcomm's drivers to install malware onto Qualcomm-based smartphones, in which there are 900 million right now.

900 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones open to malware |

The malware can hit the Qualcomm driver software such as graphics, memory and routing in order to get root level access that can hijack your smartphone. The attack doesn't even sound hard, with Engadget reporting that all an attacker needs to do is "load a seemingly innocuous, permissions-free app to deliver the payload".

There are over 900 million Android-based, Qualcomm-powered smartphones in the world, with Qualcomm powering the large majority of the 1.4 billion Android smartphones in the world right now. Most of the latest flagship smartphones use Qualcomm processors, like the LG G5, HTC 10, and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7.

If you want to make sure you're vulnerable to this software, Check Point has some software you can download and run on your smartphone. But, three of the four issues have been patched, with the fourth one set to be fixed soon.


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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