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Qualcomm fixes critical security flaw allowing hacker to gain root access

27 April 2019 2

Cybersecurity is one of the major concerns in the modern technological world where hackers find loopholes in the system to access and compromise data of millions of users when a security breach takes place. Qualcomm chipsets power millions of smartphones on the globe today ranging from smartphones, tablets and many other forms of devices.

These chipsets are also prone to vulnerability and a recent breach in this regard showcases how destructive it could be. One of the vulnerability found recently in the Qualcomm chipsets empower the hacker to gain root access on the device which means the hacker could practically own your device remotely and manipulate anything they want.


The security bug (CVE-2018-11976) allows the attacker to get private data access even get the encryption keys that are stored on the Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment (QSEE). A very similar finding was previously published a few years back where it was speculated that encryption on Android smartphones could be evaded. The company has fixed this loophole and tagged it as ‘critical’ which showcases that Qualcomm truly acknowledges how server it could be.

This very flaw was first found out back in March 2018 by Keegan Ryan who is a security researcher with NCC Group who also published his findings in a white paper where he shared how he was able to gain access to private security keys using root on Nexus 5X smartphone.

What do you think about such a critical security loophole? Do you feel your data is safe on your smartphones? Share your views in the comment section below.

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