QuadRooter is a new Android vulnerability affecting Qualcomm chipsets

by XB on 8th August 2016

in Problems

QuadRooter Xperia_ThumbCheck Point Software Technologies has revealed details of a new Android vulnerability that affects phones using the Qualcomm chipset. The vulnerability called ‘QuadRooter’ affects over 900 million devices, according to Check Point, which includes a number of Sony Xperia devices that we’ve tested.

QuadRooter involves four vulnerabilities, which an attacker can take advantage of to gain root access. However, this can only be done through the use of a malicious app, so always tread with caution when installing new apps. For example, only download apps from the Google Play Store.

We will have to wait for Qualcomm to supply the necessary drivers to patch this security risk. The drivers are pre-installed on handsets at the point of manufacture, which is why we’ll need to wait for a driver pack from Qualcomm to fix it. You can check out the QuadRooter app on Google Play Store to find out if your handset is affected.

QuadRooter Xperia

Thanks Benjamin and Samuel!

  • CerberusSco

    Seems my Xperia X has vulnerabilities!

  • Ben

    Z3 also has it…

  • Kiss my e(lbows)

    Don’t panic!!

  • Samuel

    ALL Qualcomm devices no matter the Android version

  • CerberusSco

    The BBC article I read was somewhat misleading with it’s wording :)

  • hansip

    On the bright side, maybe a new rootkit tool will be developed soon ;)

  • Samuel

    Even the Xperia SP is vulnerable. ALL Qualcomm devices. LOL

  • Martharsievers

    <<m:u. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!!bz584a:….,….

  • EQ

    Just make sure you got “Scan device for security threats” enabled in “Device Settings” -> “Security” section. This will protect you against this malware even if your device doesn’t get any updates anymore.


  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    for those using old xperia, just make sure don’t install from 3rd party app

  • impasse

    zonealarm is still around? man, i haven’t heard that name in ages..

  • Kallol Kb

    My phone is affected. What can I do now?

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Funny….nobody is safe aslong as mobile tech is concerned….imagine BlackBerry with all the adds about most secured android device same issue hahaha
    Found same on my z5 dual

  • Great Dude

    The good thing is that if someone enabled Google verification then this vulnerability won’t effect his/her phone http://www.androidauthority.com/google-verify-apps-already-blocks-quadroot-exploit-708838/

  • This. You don’t need any suspicious anti-virus tools for Android.

  • disqus_NGOCGqGHOo

    No need to panic this is another stunt from Apple. This time last year they pulled this stunt before the iph6 s was launched.


    I have had my Xperia Z for 3 years and never been hacked.

    Whats funny is I installed the centre point app and it found the stagefight listings but when I went to the Qualcomm QuadRooter app it didnt find anything. So tell me why would I share my info with checkpoint so they can feed Apple some ammo??

    Apple are so desperate in these times they just want to put off new users for life with their bs stories!

  • Annejpatton

    <<l:i. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!!bz1006a:….,..

  • Kenneth F

    Drivers were updated late April / beginning of May as far as I can see, but unfortunately Sony hasn’t updated their handsets with them yet. Google seems to be doing something, but I guess that will only be for Nexus devices. Protect the device with an antivirus / antimalware solution, don’t install from unknown sources. Only threat will be if a well reputed app is hacked, and automatically updated, that would lead to exploitations.

  • 3_nity

    Xperia Z3+ Dual affected

  • Bernhard F.

    As long as you only install good Apps from the PlayStore, you’re totally safe.

  • Kallol Kb

    but I have downloaded apk from web. what can I do now

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