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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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Samsung’s Midrange Devices to Come with Full-Screen OLED Design

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According to a recent report from “The Investor” from the Samsung’s home country, the tech giant indicates that it will soon be bringing the flexible OLED displays to its midrange devices. This is a very smart move from Samsung to increase its revenue from the Samsung displays. The Samsung’s infinity display concept can be only seen on the S8, S8+ and the Note 8. Now the all-new Galaxy S9 is also expected to be launched with the similar design within a span of few days.

As the Galaxy S series are the flagships models, these are not affordable by the average consumer. Now there might be a reason behind Samsung introducing these display to the midrange devices, and that could probably be because of Apple. The tech giant Apple said that they have reduced the orders of Samsung’s OLED panels and now Samsung is left with a large inventory of displays.

You can now figure out this logic all by yourself. Coming back, though Samsung puts in the OLED displays in the midrange models we are still not sure yet if these devices will come with a affordable price tag or not. There are many manufactures out there who are not getting the OLED displays in the midrange segment for one obvious reason, the cost. So now it would be really interesting to see at what price is Samsung offering these devices, we need to wait till the official launches of all these devices to see the official pricing. What are your views? Would this device be coming with a premium price tag, or the affordable tag?

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Xiaomi’s Upcoming Flagship Mi 7 to Feature FaceID like Facial Recognition Hardware

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Xiaomi’s all-new Mi 7 is rumored to come with the all new facial recognition technology and also with the wireless charging capabilities. This device was expected to be announced at the Mobile World Conference, but Xiaomi has delayed its launch. According to the latest reports, the reason being behind this delay is because of the new sensors which are being used in this advanced facial recognition service.

Back then in the month of January, Xiaomi has officially confirmed to bring the wireless charging support in its next flagship device, and that could probably be the Mi 7. Apart from the wireless charging and facial recognition features, the device is also rumored to feature a glass sandwich design along with a metallic frame. Talking about the specifications, Xiaomi has already confirmed that the Mi 7 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and is coupled up with 8GB of RAM which is insane.

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The device sports a 5.65 inch full HD+ display which comes with a resolution of 2160*1080P display. Out of the box the device runs on Android Oreo and the device comes with an insane 4,480 mAh battery which also supports wireless charging. Xiaomi follows the trend, and the device features a rear dual camera setup, and a 16MP front camera. The pricing of the device seems to be very competitive, rumors suggest that the device will be priced around Rs.30,000, we will be getting the official price pretty soon as the launch of the device is just a couple of months away.

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Moto Done with C Series? New Report Suggests that E5 Play will be its Replacement

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Motorola had ventured into the entry level market with the Moto C series last year. The company launched two models- the Moto C and C Plus. The results were satisfactory, but it seems that Moto has other plans.

Moto Fan and popular leakster Andri Yatim has claimed that no Moto C phone would be launched this year. Mediatek chips have been widely criticised. This seems to be the reason for the cancellation. Furthermore, he has said that the E5 Play would serve as a replacement for the cut off model.

Moto E5 Play is already leaked . The device has an 16:9 display, which does not stick with latest trends. Moreover, it has a front flash which might signify Moto’s emphasis on front camera quality.

This aligns up with the fact that no Moto C leaks have been out yet. However, this may also mean that Moto will have only four series to their name. This includes the budget E series, mid-range G series, premium X series and the flagship Z series.

The leakster has also informed us that Moto is cutting down the C series because of lower sales. It appears that the Moto C and C Plus was not at all profitable. The Moto C was released last year with the Mediatek MT6737M processor and a rather small 2350 mAh battery. At the same time, the higher end Moto C Plus had the better MT6737 processor and a big 4000 mAh of RAM. However, Moto seemed to have missed the power efficiency factor on both smartphones.

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Motorola is now gearing up to launch some serious stuff at MWC 2018. We expect the brand new Z3, X5 and G6 lineup for one, and the company might even get us some new mods !. The new Moto devices have already been leaked, and you can take a look at them here.

NOTE: This is just a rumour and should be taken with a pinch of salt. This could be or could not be true.

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