Stagefright security flaw affects nearly all Android devices

Pacosite's Blog

It looks like Google and all Android manufacturers have a very serious issue on their hands. A new security flaw was discovered in Stagefright, the media playback tool that Android uses, that allows an MMS message to seriously compromise your device. And worst of all, it affects almost all Android devices since Android 2.2.

The way it works is an attacker only needs to know your phone number. They send you an infected MMS message, which often doesn?t need to be opened to be activated. Many SMS apps auto-retrieve MMS messages for quick viewing, meaning you?ll be infected in the background. This allows access to photos stored on SD cards, Bluetooth, and even activating recording of audio and video.

Google is aware of the bugs and the guys who found the exploits have submitted patches that Google will be pushing out. Nexus devices will likely be getting the fixes first…

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