BlackBerry first to patch QuadRooter; Priv and DTEK50 are no longer vulnerable

BlackBerry first to patch QuadRooter; Priv and DTEK50 are no longer vulnerable
Last week, we told you about the QuadRooter vulnerability that was said to affect one billion Android powered devices. Four flaws were discovered, and three of them were patched, leaving one vulnerable. This was going to be taken care of in Google's September security update. QuadRooter can allow a hacker to gains root access to a phone's camera, microphone, data and more.

How deadly is QuadRooter? Consider that the phone called by its manufacturer as "the most secure Android phone in the world," the BlackBerry DTEK50, was affected by it. Note how we wrote that in past tense. That is because BlackBerry has successfully patched the BlackBerry Priv and the BlackBerry DTEK50 against QuadRooter. These are BlackBerry's two Android powered handsets.

Being pushed out today is an update for the Priv and one for the DTEK50 that protects the two models from Qualcomm's vulnerability. Some of you might wonder why BlackBerry would rush out a fix for something that will be covered on the next monthly security update. BlackBerry Chief Security Officer, David Kleidermacher has the perfect reply. He said, "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."

Priv and DTEK50 models purchased directly from BlackBerry will receive the update starting today. Those updates earmarked for carrier-sold models will start to arrive later this week.


source: Crackberry

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  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh
DTEK50
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2610 mAh(17h talk time)

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68 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not surprising for a company who has security as a top priority. Kudos.

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Waiting on a few trolls to somehow say this is false news and that BlackBerry is lying about this. And then complain about how neither device is "universally unlocked".

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Hahaha good one

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. I could see the doom and gloom posts now, saying that this is just "BlackBerry PR Hogwash" and that it doesn't make a difference since it's not universally unlocked, as if that will make the device more secure.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

What's worse...trolls, or those attempting to incite them out of hiding?

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Trolls. By far. But who's trying to "incite them out of hiding"? He merely told the truth, and whether he said it or not, they're still going to show up.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Of course they will come, and they sure don't need a shout out prior to their arrival.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

So then giving them a "shout out" really doesn't make a difference if they're still going to come.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

No it doesn't. We all come here for different reasons...heck...some of us even stay on point with the article ;)

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like they are already here.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, to be honest, not a single troll showed up until comment #27.

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well to be honest, comment #30 was full of s*beep*.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's because it was referring to you and you're full of s*beep*.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh look, another No You response. Typical behavior of meanest.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Doesn't matter. It was still 100% accurate.

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

What's worse... Trolls, others anticipating their arrival or some jack@ss who thinks he's being hip or funny like you're doing? 1 and 3 get my vote.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh boy...insults are starting to fly. Someone is getting upset. Surprisingly we agree on something now because #1 & #3 also get my vote for staying on topic...I think we can both agree that #2 didn't add much of anything productive to this comment section ;)

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When you have them on the ropes, they get defensive.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're the last one to talk about that.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Speaking of going on the defensive.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Look who's talking. What irony.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not my fault if it's the truth.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're right. It is the truth that you're going on the defensive.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're done. Just about every response from you has either been a No You response or you just regurgitating my response. Take the L and stfu.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nerve touched, deep in your gut. And "no, you" responses and "regurgitations" are really all that's needed for a little kid like you. So take that "L" and shove it up your @$$, which is something that I know you'd enjoy anyway. Lmao!

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think that has anything to do with the discussion.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

And yet, here you are, adding to what you perceive to be a pointless discussion. What irony...

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I just wanted to point out the hypocrisy.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you are being a hypocrite. Glad we agree on that.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Spoiler alert: you're the hypocrite.

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