According to a later report released by research firm Check Point, the devices which are powered by Qualcomm have more than 400 vulnerabilities in it. At a time, Qualcomm had a huge market share in the smartphone Industry which gradually dropped by more than 40% in last few years.
The potential problem named as Achilles occurs in digital signal processing (DSP) which usually handles critical smartphone functions like video, audio, and charging. According to Check Point these vulnerabilities can be exploited when a user downloads a Dubious App or video.
So how it works? When a user downloads a malicious video or App, the hackers get the complete control over your phone. They have access to your files and location data.
Your phone can be turned into a spying machine which can be misused for a lot of bad things like smuggling data or even misusing your personal content to threaten you.
“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features — they do come with a cost,” according to Check Point in its report.
“These chips introduce new attack surface and weak points to these mobile devices. DSP chips are much more vulnerable to risks as they are being managed as ‘Black Boxes’ since it can be very complex for anyone other than their manufacturer to review their design, functionality or code.” said by Check point spokesperson.
But, there’s one piece of good news, QUALCOMM’s has addressed the issue and fixed the flaw before anyone could take advantage.