Stagefright: Which manufacturers are working on corrective system updates?
Researchers at Ziperium Mobile Security have detected the security breach in Android devices known as Stagefright. Such a vulnerability endangers nearly a billion devices running Google's OS. After the report was released by the mobile security research firm, Google and other manufacturers went public and said they are working on system upgrades to correct the problem. Below you will learn all about the Stagefright and the steps each OEM is taking to ensure that their devices do not have the data exposed.
What is Stagefright?
The security flaw Stagefright It is linked to video processing by a system library and mainly to attachments sent via MMS messages. According to the researchers, the vulnerability could be present on all devices running Android Froyo 2.2 at the latest with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Failure provides privileged access to hacker which, through MMS messages with attached videos, can explore and execute various commands on the device.
How to tell if your device is vulnerable?
To find out if your device is subject to this type of attack, you can choose between the two apps listed below. Both tell you if your smartphone is vulnerable to Stagefright.
How to protect yourself
Below we teach you the steps you should take to protect your device. Keep in mind that both Hangouts and your manufacturer's default messaging app can bring such a setting. In this example, let's use Hangouts as the device's default SMS program:
Open Hangouts and go to the app settings menu.
When selecting this option, click on SMS and uncheck "recover MMS automatically"