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Vulnerabilities on SoC-powered Android devices have implications for the IoT

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Mar
2016
Vulnerabilities on SoC-powered Android devices have implications for the IoT

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Trend Micro has discovered a new vulnerability that could bring into question the security of the Internet of Things. Our researchers have found a hole in the defenses of the systems on chips (SoCs) produced by Qualcomm Snapdragon that, if exploited, allows root access. This gives the hacker administrative authority over the hardware, which enables a wide range of nefarious possibilities.

So far, Trend Micro security experts have found this vulnerability on the Nexus 5, 6, 6P and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Considering the fact that these devices no longer receive security updates, this is concerning news for anyone who owns one of these phones. However, smartphones aren’t the only problem here. Snapdragon also sells their SoCs to vendors producing devices considered part of the IoT, meaning these gadgets are just as at risk.

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