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Exploit Affects Qualcomm’s EDL; Xiaomi, OnePlus, Nokia and Some Other Devices Affected

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Qualcomm chipsets have two boot modes natively named Primary Bootloader(PBL) and Emergency Download Mode(EDL). The default boot mode is PBL and it boots the Android system. EDL mode is included by Qualcomm and it allows Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to force flash software on a device. This boot mode is read-only and it can gain complete access to the device’s storage.

Many OEMs including OnePlus and Xiaomi have released tools which makes use of EDL mode and a protocol known as Firehose to unbrick the device in case of boot loops.Firehose utilizes numerous commands to flash devices along with the ability to access the data present in the device.

Security researchers from Aleph Research have discovered serious vulnerabilities using this mode which grants attackers full device access. The relieving factor of this exploit is that in order to use utilize this exploit, the attacker needs to acquire physical access to the device which reduces the probability of the attack. The attackers utilized the level of access granted to the EDL mode to bypass secure-boot present on a Nokia 6 and gaining full code across every part of the boot sequence including the operating system itself. This attack was carried out in multiple devices and the researchers also managed to unlock and root multiple Xiaomi devices without facing any data loss.

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OEMs are not supposed to release these tools supplied by Qualcomm. Big brands like Nokia, LG, Motorola, and Google leaked those tools and researchers were able to gain full device access through similar methods of exploitation. The researchers are sure that this attack can be done on any device which supports these tools. Check out the affected devices and see if your device has a place on it.

Affected devices

  • LG G4
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 3T
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 2
  • OnePlus X
  • OnePlus One
  • ZTE Axon 7
  • ZUK Z1
  • ZUK Z2
  • Xiaomi Note 5A
  • Xiaomi Note 5 Prime
  • Xiaomi Note 4
  • Xiaomi Note 3
  • Xiaomi Note 2
  • Xiaomi Mix
  • Xiaomi Mix 2
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
  • Xiaomi Mi 5x
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Xiaomi Mi Max2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A

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HTC U12+ scores 103 in DxOMark, Just behind Huawei P20 Pro & P20.

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HTC has finally unveiled their most anticipated flagship device HTC U12+ yesterday, after all the leaks and rumours. One thing HTC stressed about the device is the camera of the phone. DxOMark, which is now considered as a benchmark for smartphone camera performance has revealed their scores.

Although as we can recall the top trending devices on the DxOMark were the Huawei P20 Pro (109) & The P20 (102) and the score that HTC U12+ achieved is sandwiched in between them and took the second place in the overall list.

So, the HTC U12+ has achieved an overall DxOMark score of 103 with 106 in the Photo segment & 95 in the Video segment.

 

Along with that DxOMark also mentioned few significant things about this device, such as the device is highly capable of very fast autofocus, good detail & texture preservation, accurate exposure & wide dynamic range while capturing photos. But, there is visible noise in low-light images.

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In terms of video segment, the device does provide an effective stabilization & good dynamic range. However, in low-light, there is some loss in detail.

Of course, DxOMark isn’t everything when it comes to the camera, as we saw with the case of Huawei P20 Pro & Pixel 2 XL. Although P20 Pro trumps in low light, Pixel 2 XL is still the king in most of the camera departments. So, we’ve too how this phone fares in real world usage to know more about the camera performance of the phone!

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Mi Max 3 to come in July, says Xioami CEO Lei Jun

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Xiaomi has scheduled a launch event on May 31st, and we are all excited for this launch event. Though there are many speculations all around, there is no official confirmation from the company yet regarding these speculations. According to the latest leaks, we are expecting Xiaomi to launch Mi 7, Mi Band 3, Mi Max 3, and also the 8th Anniversary Mi 8, not just this but there is also one more special device which has been confirmed by the CEO, the all new Mi Max 3.

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A fan has recently asked a question via Weibo to which the CEO Lei Jun has responded. He said, “Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is estimated to be released in July and is not ready yet. If so urgent, consider millet Max2″. So according to this, we can expect the Mi Max 3 to be launched by the end of this month. Mi Max 3 had many leaks such as, a 5,500 mAh battery with 3.0 fast charging technology, and it is also rumored to come with a 6.99 inch FHD resolution along with the 18:9 aspect ratio.

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This device is powered by the Snapdragon 635 processor and would be available in two different variants, 3/64GB and 4/128GB. There are also chances that company might launch another variant of this device which will be powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM. We are expecting more leaks of the Mi Max 3 in the near future.

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Nokia sends invites for May 29 launch event in Russia

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HMD Global has send media invites for an upcoming Nokia launch event for “new phones” in Russia. The poster reads “Dear friends, we invite you to worldwide premiere for new Nokia phones”. It mentions the date as May 29 but it the venue has been blurred out. The poster didn’t reveal the name or even hint to the smartphones that will be launched.

The event will be attended by the top management of HMD Global like CEO, CMO and CPO which revels the launch will be a pretty big ones. Also another important point that most of the 2018 Nokia smartphones are already available in Russia, including Nokia 8110 4G, Nokia 3310 4G, Nokia 1, Nokia 6 2018 and Nokia 7 Plus except the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 8110 4G. Which means this year’s Nokia 2, 3 and 4 might be launched. HMD Global’s CEO Pekka Rentala already confirmed the existence of Nokia 2, 3 and 5 successors.

Three unknown Nokia smartphones with model number TA-1075, TA-1105 and Ta-1116 were spotted in Russian certification. The certification didn’t reveal any specs so its too early to comment about its segment. Also there was reports that Nokia 3 2018 is getting launched soon. We expect it to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset this time instead of a MediaTek one. We will know soon on May 29 at 7 PM.

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