As is being advanced in the XDA Developers forum, some MediaTek processors have a critical vulnerability. This is because it manages to gain root privileges on your smartphone.

This means that by exploiting this vulnerability, it is possible to access all data on your equipment. This is possible because root privileges mean having full control of the operating system.

Being the problem at the processor level, it means that there are several devices susceptible to this security breach. From smartphones to tablets, the list of vulnerable devices is huge.

List of vulnerable MediaTek processors

  • MT6735
  • MT6737
  • MT6738
  • MT6739
  • MT6750
  • MT6753
  • MT6755
  • MT6757
  • MT6758
  • MT6761
  • MT6762
  • MT6763
  • MT6765
  • MT6771
  • MT6779
  • MT6795
  • MT6797
  • MT6799
  • MT8163
  • MT8167
  • MT8173
  • MT8176
  • MT8183
  • MT6580
  • MT6595

Any equipment that has one of these processors is vulnerable to this security breach. The list includes well-known brands like Alcatel, Sony, Nokia, Realme or even Amazon Fire HD tablets.

Vulnerability was discovered in February 2019

Yes it’s true. This security breach has been around for more than a year, after one of the members of the XDA Developers forum tried to root his Amazon Fire HD tablet. The discovery enabled him to create a script that gives him the power to root temporarily on any tablet of the American company.

March 2020 update solves the problem

It is true that not all Android smartphones have yet received the latest security update released by Google. However, it is noted that this will solve this problem.

So, if you have a device with one of the above mentioned processors, keep an eye out for new updates. Once it is available, don’t think twice about installing it.

MediaTek has been working hard to gain market confidence in its processors. However, the discovery of this vulnerability will not help your task at all.

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