This happened to one of my friends. Still no fix for that.
What happens is due to root access, the phone installs lots of unwanted apps.
It consumes all of your data, and installs malicious apps constantly.
You cannot uninstall such apps, it shows in all apps section (these apps are provided by company) instead of downloaded apps section. And these apps uses identifiers like com.android.___
Chinese manufacturers have not been asked to provide back doors for the Chinese government. US manufacturers such as Cisco, Fortinet and Juniper have.
Mediatek is mostly known for cheap hardware that never gets updated.
Anonym, 31 Jan 2016-- This message has been sponsored by someone clueless to big-data, what cybercriminals actual... moreWell, actually I have a cybernetics university degree.
I hope this will take away your remarks on big data and cybercriminality. For instance I never used and I will never use Facebook or any open social network. Ever.
By the way, you made me curious: what do cybercriminals actually target? You said that I don't know and you imply that you do know. Just enlight me, please. They didn't told this to us 20 years ago when I graduated university.
And the remark on Hitlerism is way too low, really. This is a different century.
What did you expect to a chinese manufacturer? They say it's a bug, but it was really intended to spy on you until discovered by an analyst. That's how important security analyst is.
vivek, 31 Jan 2016I hope all mediatek devices update to lollipopnot yet ,coolpad f1 doesn't get lollipop update
Starjack, 31 Jan 2016My tablet is powered by Mediatek chipset and is running Kitkat 4.4 but luckily i recently inst... moregoogle owns the best Android anti virus engine in the world. they scan apps when adding new apps to store on when a new vulnerability is found they check every in the store against that vulnerability. you will not need any antivirus unless you install from external sources.
"The chip-maker says the issue in question only affects Android 4.4 KitKat devices."
Does this mean Android 5.x onward somehow "fixed" the bug?
Anonym, 31 Jan 2016Like the Germans were too busy paying bill when "you know who" rose to power?
Silly argument ... moreThen stop that sort of history from happening again. You are alive - fight for it.
Yeah, I lack a thing or two. Which is why I can't sympathize with you, or do what you do. But don't worry, I know enough not to get in the way of your fight.
Anonymous, 31 Jan 2016You need to understand what's root access. Those apps won't help you at all if someone gets th... moreExcept that my tablet is the Wi-Fi version and doesn't have a network feature like LTE or 3G/4G so is not a phone. But does it still makes me vulnerable to this bug since it has a Mediatek chipset with Kit Kat installed on it? And for your information, i am aware of how root access works.
Anonymous, 31 Jan 2016It just means he has many other things to worry about in his own life, like I don't know, payi... moreLike the Germans were too busy paying bill when "you know who" rose to power?
Silly argument to make.
Inferring "anti-capitalism" from a comment where having a meaningful (for profit) work-life is stated reinforces the lack of something else in another department.
Anonym, 31 Jan 2016-- This message has been sponsored by someone clueless to big-data, what cybercriminals actual... moreIt just means he has many other things to worry about in his own life, like I don't know, paying bills? Just let him live his life in peace.
But if you're an anti-capitalist activist, go practice your right to assembly, and find sympathizers. I cannot stop you.
Omnigamma, 31 Jan 2016I don't have a phone with MTK chipset, but even if I would, I couldn't care less about the chi... more-- This message has been sponsored by someone clueless to big-data, what cybercriminals actually target and, generally, someone who knows their work-life is so redundant that believe even a mass collection of data wouldn't find it valuable enough to spare the extra storage.
Anonymous, 30 Jan 2016For spying purpose. Unfortunately security researchers found it. China government may not happ... moreI don't have a phone with MTK chipset, but even if I would, I couldn't care less about the chinese spying.
What will they do if they read my email or messages?
Pay my bills? :)
Mediatek is producing great chipsets like X10. LeTV 1S with X10 SOC has 49700 result on Antutu benchmark , and Galaxy S6 Edge which costs like 4 times more have 50300. Main advantage of Mediatek SOC is price. They are very cheap and offer best performance per price ratio. X20 chipset which will come in February will be even 50% better than X10.
the news is they confirmed the bug. which means they are aware of it and such bugs will be prevented in new chips. which is a good thing. I am a computer engineer and I can verify only good companies who are able to fix bugs verifies the bug. otherwise usually we get the bugs publicly disclosed by the angry security researchers for denying the bug or for ignoring them. since they confirmed it and made it public we can understand they are mature at handling bug reports
Starjack, 31 Jan 2016My tablet is powered by Mediatek chipset and is running Kitkat 4.4 but luckily i recently inst... moreYou need to understand what's root access. Those apps won't help you at all if someone gets the root access on your phone.
My tablet is powered by Mediatek chipset and is running Kitkat 4.4 but luckily i recently installed an anti-virus app that also offer an anti-theft feature which is currently enabled on my tablet. Now it would have some folks who would want to use this as another reason to stay away from Mediatek but based on devices i have owned, i never had any problems with this manufacturer's chipsets, so quit antagonizing.