Nexus 6P And Nexus 6 Patch Fixes Modem Vulnerability

10 January 2017, 8:41 pm EST By Amy Gordon Tech Times
Google's Modem patch for Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P smartphones prohibit any hacker from accessing the USB. This is a step towards fixing the latent vulnerabilities of these Android Nougat smartphones.  ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )

Google has taken a step towards securing its smartphones i.e. Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P by shutting down a high severity exploit and in turn fixing modem vulnerability.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P are manufactured by Motorola and Huawei, respectively. The two Nexus smartphones allowed attackers to have easy access to the USB, thereby taking over the on-board modem during device boot up.

Earlier, in one of our reports on the January Security Patch, we revealed facts about the significant monthly security update that Google pushes out to ensure better performance of Android-powered devices.

The sole reason behind this monthly update is to curb any flaws that are making the smartphone vulnerable. This immediate fix definitely helps the company maintain its reputation, as well as its customers satisfied.

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Per reports, Google's Nexus 6P and Nexus 6 allowed hackers to take over the modem which would let them access all the device data. The security researchers have taken measures according to which they have quietly patched the modem and blocked any such hacking attempts.

Security has always been a pressing issue which concerns users. With the USB access, hackers could easily listen to phone calls or intercept mobile data packets.

Reports suggest that attackers used virus-infected computers and malicious power providers that would offer them easy access to the hidden USB interfaces. This sort of vulnerability would have jeopardized the company's reputation in the market, so getting an immediate fix was crucial.

The initial exploit - discovered by the IBM X-Force team - was a flaw in the boot mode of the Nexus line of phones. The smartphones with Android Debug Bridge (ADB), enabled the app developers to load APK's. The whole purpose of having ADB was to download the apps without much hassle.

The most interesting fact that the researchers divulged was that the hackers could activate the USB even if it was set as disabled in the settings. Once successful in their attempts, the hackers could steal information like the IMEI number from the phones, place calls and also track the GPS coordinates. In the EFS partition they could even change the items.

The best part about Google's endeavor to launch its modem patch is that it had fortunately come up with the solution even before the users faced any such untoward incidents. The modem patch basically curbed the hackers from creating any menace.

Google released these patches even before the public got to know of any of these exploits. The Nexus 6 got patched in November 2016, whereas the Nexus 6P got upgraded earlier this month.

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