At the Black Hat USA and DefCon 24 hacking conferences earlier this month, security company Checkpoint revealed QuadRooter, four high-severity vulnerabilities which affect almost a billion Android devices, all powered by processors manufactured by Qualcomm.
BlackBerry is the first major device manufacturer to have fixed the four vulnerabilities: the first three were fixed as part of the August Marshmallow security update (for PRIV devices; DTEK50 devices are already protected). The fourth vulnerability is protected against by the secure boot chain that is a security feature of every BlackBerry device (for more information on the secure boot chain, check this article).
When BlackBerry Powered By Android was launched, BlackBerry made a commitment to provide monthly security updates as well as “hotfix” patches for those vulnerabilities that, in the words of David Kleidermacher, “simply can’t wait for the monthly upgrade cycle”. BlackBerry’s security team began working on a patch as soon as QuadRooter was unveiled, and it is now available for users of both PRIV and DTEK50 devices.
If you purchased your device from ShopBlackBerry, you should be able to apply the patch from today – BlackBerry’s carrier partners should start rolling out the patch to their users this week.
How to install the patch
To install the patch, simply navigate to Settings / About phone / System updates on your BlackBerry Powered by Android device.
Once again, BlackBerry proves itself as the natural choice for the most secure devices, whether they run BlackBerry 10 or Android.
Let us know when you’ve got the update on your PRIV or DTEK50, using the Comments section below!