Sldnug – Security research firm Check Point reported a serious problem with Qualcomm’s chipset.
The company said the issues found could affect anyone using a smartphone powered by a Qualcomm chipset. The researchers call it ‘Achilles’.
According to reports, there are more than 400 lines of vulnerability to code that are all contained in the digital signal processor (DSP). For now, Check Point is keeping details private to minimize the risk of hackers taking advantage of this exploit.
“In this study, called“ Achilles ”, we conducted a comprehensive safety assessment of the DSP chip from one of the leading manufacturers: Qualcomm Technologies. Qualcomm offers a variety of chips that control more than 40% of the mobile market. That includes high-end phones from Google, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, OnePlus and a lot more. “Said Check Point,” quoted from Gizchina, Saturday (8/15).
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For your information, DSP is a digital signal processor. This is one of the essential components for executing real-time requests between the user and the firmware.
For example image processing, audio and sound, neural network calculations, camera streaming, GPS positioning and more.
In addition, the report states that users can record calls, steal data, install malicious software that cannot be installed, and even use exploits to turn their phones into bricks.
In response, Qualcomm began updating low-level codes and drivers to resolve this issue. Until later, it encourages smartphone vendors to provide updates.