Quadrooter is the latest Android exploit to make the headlines, and many consumers are anxious for a fix. Although theoretically every Qualcomm powered phone features the flaw, it turns out that the problem might not really be threatening many Android devices at all. Even so, some manufactures are rightly keen to patch up the issue just to be safe, and Sony has now committed itself to rolling out a fix to its customers.
Sony has stated that it is already working on a patch that will address the problem, and also hinted that the update will be delivered as part of its regular software maintenance plans. In other words, just keep updating your devices when a notification comes through. Here’s the full quote from Sony:
“Sony Mobile takes the security and privacy of customer data very seriously. We are aware of the ‘Quadrooter’ vulnerability and are working to make the security patches available within normal and regular software maintenance, both directly to open-market devices and via our carrier partners, so timings can vary by region and/or operator. Consumers are recommended to continuously upgrade their phone software in order to optimize performance of their Xperia™ smartphone. Users can take steps to protect themselves by only downloading trusted applications from reputable application stores.”
Unfortunately the statement doesn’t give us any sort of time table, nor a list of which devices will receive a patch and which won’t. Given that carriers will also be responsible for distributing update to some devices, many consumers are likely to be waiting a while for a fix. Still, at least we know that Sony is planning a solution.
In the meantime, Sony reminds users to stick to download apps from legitimate stores, such as Google Play, in order to ensure they’re safe from QuadRooter.