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Snapdragon Chip Flaws Could Facilitate Mass Android Spying

Heads-up on the existence of a serious security problem affecting many Android devices for which no fix is yet available, short of ditching any vulnerable gear.

Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies have counted 400 flaws in Qualcomm’s Digital Signal Processor, which it calls the Hexagon DSP and which is present in all Snapdragon systems-on-chip.

Qualcomm, based in San Diego, manufactures chips that are used in more than 40% of smartphones, including devices shipped by Samsung, Google, LG, OnePlus, Xiaomi and others. The researchers estimate that more than 1 billion Android devices have a Snapdragon chip and thus have the flaws they found.

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