Android phone users with Snapdragon processors could be in danger from hackers

Owning an Android phone now at days has become a liability, specially now since Android users who own a smartphone that comes with the popular Snapdragon CPU. According to Fudzilla, it is possible for a hacker to access the “bootloader” of your Android smartphone thus running any applications they wish, such as key-loggers or any other nasty application.

Android Snapdragon processors

Security researcher Dan Rosenberg has told a Black Hat conference how it is possible to permanently unlock the bootloader on Android phones – provided they use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.

Rosenberg said that the flaw is in ARM’s TrustZone technology, which runs a trusted operating system and another for normal apps. This is supposed to improve device security, but in Qualcomm’s implementation, they cocked it up. It means that if a hacker gets access to the trusted operation part of the chip, it can run whatever application he or she likes.

This affects all known Android devices with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, including the Nexus 5, the HTC One, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, as well as the Moto X. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 have already been patched.

Phones that have a Snapdragon processor include the Google Nexus 7,Samsung Galaxy TabPRO,LG G Pad and others.