Google has shut down a high-severity exploit on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P, smartphones manufactured by Motorola and Huawei respectively. Attackers that had USB access could take over the onboard modem on the phone during boot-up.
Access to the onboard modem would further grant them the opportunity to listen in on phonecalls or intercept mobile data packets, Ars Technica revealed. It appears that the vulnerability was part of a cluster of security holes, related to a flaw in the phones’ bootmode. Attackers could use malware-infected computers and malicious power chargers in order to access hidden USB interfaces.
The exploits were discovered by a team at IBM X-Force. Phones that had the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) enabled were es… (read more)
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