Andoid Stagefright: Samsung, LG And Motorola Working On Fix
In addition to Samsung and LG, Motorola is the latest major Android phone maker rushing to patch its devices against the Stagefright multimedia messaging security flaw. Security firm Zimperium, which uncovered the vulnerability affecting the Stagefright media library in late July, has come out with a detection app available through the Google Play.
Recently Google, Samsung and LG announced they will begin providing more frequent security updates, about once a month, for their Android devices.
Stagefright is a media playback engine provided in the Android OS. It is responsible for unpacking and playing the multimedia message.
This could take place, depending on a phone’s messaging settings, prior to the phone owner opening the message or viewing the video.
The possibility exists that a hacker could insert malware in the video, which could then be processed and access the phone without giving the owner a chance to check the video attachment.
The following products will get a security patch offered to Motorola’s carrier partners:
Moto X Style (patched from launch)
Moto X Play (patched from launch)
Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto X Pro
Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto E (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
Moto E with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
According to a statement released by Motorola, consumers can protect themselves by:
“First, only download multimedia content (such as attachments or anything that needs to be decoded to view it) from people you know and trust. You can disable your phone’s capability to download MMS automatically. That way you can only choose to download from trusted sources.
Messaging: go to Settings. Uncheck “Auto-retrieve MMS.”
Hangouts (if enabled for SMS; if greyed-out, no need to take action): go to Settings > SMS. Uncheck auto retrieve MMS.
Verizon Message+: go to Settings > Advanced settings. Uncheck Auto-retrieve. Uncheck “Enable weblink preview.”
Whatsapp Messenger: go to Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download. Disable all video auto downloads under “When using mobile data,” “When connected on Wi-Fi” and “When roaming.”
Handcent Next SMS: go to settings>Receive message settings. Disable auto retrieve.”