If you have a mobile with MediaTek processor we have bad news for you. Also a good one that leaves the bad one in a little scare. The company Check Point has found a vulnerability in the MediaTek processors that allows spying on a device with a simple malicious application. A vulnerability is an open door in the security of the processor that allows, through a virus, access to certain parts that should not be available. This is quite dangerous if used with malicious intent.
Mobile phones with a MediaTek chip in danger of being spied on
It seems that MediaTek has left a small door open in the audio processor of your processors. The DSP is in charge of managing everything that has to do with the audio and is part of the processor. It is in this part that the vulnerability.
This DSP of the MediaTek chips it has an open door that can be accessed with a simple malicious app. If this application is installed on your mobile, the user who has developed it has the opportunity to activate permissions which you shouldn’t be able to activate.
This makes it possible activate certain parts of the system to spy on the user, find compromised data or other details. It is something quite dangerous, although, luckily, no real case is known in which it has been used. vulnerability for to spy to users. That is, it has been found, but no one with bad intentions may have noticed it before.
You already have a solution and it will come through an update
MediaTek is already aware of this problem and appears to have fixed it. The security patch that the company will ship in December will correct this problem and will close the door open. Of course, it will be the manufacturers who have to optimize the update and integrate it into an OTA for each device.
If you have a smartphone with MediaTek processor you currently have this vulnerability, but your company may fix it soon with an update.