Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs (systems on a chip) power a large percentage of smart devices in use today. The company’s own website notes that more than a billion devices use Snapdragon processors or modems. Unfortunately, many of these devices contain security flaws that could allow an attacker to gain root access. Gaining root access on a device is highly valuable; it allows the attacker access to various capabilities they would not have under normal circumstances.Read More
Think of third-party app stores as independent shops in the city where people go to as an alternative to the city mall. The mall practically has everything you need. In fact, almost everyone goes to the mall. The shops have items not available in the mall, and vice versa.Read More
Imagine getting a notification from your bank, asking for your cooperation in installing an updated version of their mobile app. After downloading the app, it asks for administrator privileges. The notification you received said it would indeed prompt the question and so you allowed it. You try the app out and it works fine. You were…Read More
With the year-end shopping season over, many consumers now have new various smart gadgets in their homes. One particularly popular usage of this so-called Internet of Things (IoT) are smart TVs. These TVs are more than just passive display devices; many of them can even run Android apps as well. Some may find these features useful, but these capabilities…Read More
A total of 6.1 million devices – smart phones, routers, smart TVs – are currently at risk to remote code execution attacks due to vulnerabilities that have been fixed since 2012.
The vulnerability exists in the Portable SDK for UPnP™ Devices, also called libupnp. This particular library is used to implement media playback (DLNA) or NAT traversal (UPnP IGD). Apps on a smartphone can use these features to play media files or connect to other devices within a user’s home network.Read More