A new vulnerability puts 950 million Android users at risk of being hacked with a simple multimedia message.
A new Android vulnerability named Stagefright is one of the worst Android security holes ever. Google's mobile phone operating system can hacked using a simple multimedia message (MMS).
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The affected users do not the play the media, just view the message to get infected with malware. The flaw was discovered by Zimperium zLabs.
“I’ve done a lot of testing on an Ice Cream Sandwich Galaxy Nexus… where the default MMS is the messaging application Messenger. That one does not trigger automatically but if you look at the MMS, it triggers, you don’t have to try to play the media or anything, you just have to look at it,” said Joshua Drake, Android researcher at Zimperium zLabs.
The vulnerabilities are in a module called Stagefright, which is a media playback tool - hence the name for the security issue.
Zimperium has informed Google about the Stagefright security issues and delivered patches back in April. Google has begun to roll out the fixes. There are total of 7 issues that Zimperium found according to Forbes.
The problem is that it is not clear when Android manufacturers will release the fixes to its customers. Android's segmentation is not helping in the roll out of critical patches like in this case.
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Drake will reveal the details of the hack at the BlackHat 2015 hacker conference in Las Vegas next week. The organizers hail it as one of the highlights of the conference.