Qualcomm Snapdragon is one of the most popular mobile processors. Snapdragon processors have been sitting on the throne for best-performing chipsets for Android. Snapdragon 800 series is used for flagship-level devices. 700 series is popular for high-end mid-range devices. While the Snapdragon 600 & 400 series is a popular choice for manufactures in the entry-level segment. The best thing about Qualcomm is power efficiency as well as reliability. But the new report claims that there are vulnerabilities in Qualcomm chipsets that put millions of Android phones at risk.
The report comes from a cybersecurity firm CheckPoint which claims that the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that is being used on the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets has the vulnerable code. The code is being called “Achilles” and it enables spying on a phone. This means the code can give access to the phone’s photos, videos, GPS, and location data.
You will have no clue that your data is being spied on and the hacker will be able to take all the data from your phone. Thanks to CheckPoint, as they have notified Qualcomm about this vulnerability. Government officials and affected vendors are also notified about this issue.
Has Qualcomm Solved The Issue?
Qualcomm has assured that they have fixed the issue. However, it will be implemented only once the phone manufacturer releases the relevant updates and security patches to the phones. As you know, Chinese manufacturers have occupied the smartphone market. And they do not give updates after 1-2 years normally. Hence, it will take time to launch the security patches to smartphones.
Qualcomm’s Latest Chipsets
Qualcomm Snapdragon just revealed their updated version of Snapdragon 865, which is called the Snapdragon 865+. The Plus version comes with improved performance while keeping the 5G network support. Moreover, Qualcomm is moving to budget-oriented 5G experience with the release of Snapdragon 690 5G chipset.