BlackBerry patches Quadrooter, first Android partner to do so
BlackBerry’s main stake in the mobile industry is security. If it can’t tout the hardware it comes out with as a unique selling point, it’s got to be security, security, security. And secure it has for its DTEK50 and Priv phones.
The company’s first Android smartphones that were vulnerable to the last of the unpatched Qualcomm-based Quadrooter vulnerabilities have been patched. The update can be pulled down from the settings menu and will be sent out to users within the week. It will be available on devices bought new from ShopBlackBerry.
Google said that it would deliver a patch of its own in September’s Android Security Bulletin, but apparently that wasn’t good enough for Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher.
“Some critical Android vulnerabilities — for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute ‘root’ privileged malware — simply can’t wait for a monthly update cycle,” Kleidermacher said.
Director of Security Alex Manea wrote in an Inside BlackBerry post that while the DTEK50 and Priv were already both protected from the remaining Quadrooter hole with BlackBerry’s secure boot chain and while a hotfix wasn’t urgent, it is necessary if BlackBerry wants to show that it is committed to its hardware.
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