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Posted on: 06 Sep 2017 

Posted By: ITWiser Webmaster

Hackers hijack bootloaders for fun!

 
 

Researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara have uncovered bootloader vulnerabilities across lots of different Android chipsets. The vulnerabilities that have been found are across 6 different vendors.

The team of 9 researchers decided to look into the architecture of Android, the interaction between the OS and the chip when the device is powered up. The researchers built a tool called “BootStomp” which tries to locate weak areas where hackers could compromise the bootloader.

The tool turned up exploitable bugs in Qualcomm, MediaTek, NVIDIA and Huawei, 6 new bugs were found plus CVE-2014-9798 which was already known but is still present in Qaulcomm devices.

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The Register