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Stagefright Bugs Leave Android Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

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Stagefright Bugs Leave Android Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

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Stagefright, Android’s media playback system, was found with a bug earlier this year in July. The bug allowed hackers to break into any device by simply sending a specifically structured text message. However Google promptly responded to this and fixed the bug.android marshmallow

You ask how is this news relevant now, in a world of iPhone launches and Google events, about half a year away from Stagefright’s illness? The answer lies with a similar discovery made by Zimperium, the same company which had earlier found this bug. Stagefright is open to two such similar bugs and requires no more than a certain kind of multimedia message this time.

This basically means that a hacker can remotely execute a code of a device by sending an MP3 or MP4 file containing the required malware to the user. Zimperium mentioned in a blog post,

“The vulnerability lies in the processing of metadata within the files, so merely previewing the song or video would trigger the issue.”

The one way you can protect yourself from malware until these bugs get fixed is to avoid opening messages containing multimedia files from unknown sources.

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Rosheena Zehra
Rosheena Zehra
Rosheena is a Senior Content Writer at iGyaan. Find her on Facebook below.
14 comments
Ank Mandwal
Ank Mandwal

Bro I am not saying that its the safest. I'm saying its safer than Android.

nalin08
nalin08

Well no surprises there :/

Tapan Bhanot
Tapan Bhanot

Flaws which are addressed quickly and not left behind. Android is not proactive but it ain't reactive either. They just abandon it.

Debarghya Ghosh
Debarghya Ghosh

Hahaha..... Give this genius guy a medal.... Next is Android N.... Marshmallow has been already released on 29th September... Get updated please.

Debarghya Ghosh
Debarghya Ghosh

Ever heard about the famous celebrity photo leaks of 2014?

Ank Mandwal
Ank Mandwal

I think we pay to apple ( for IOS ) for security that is why Apple's devices are expensive. On the other side Android is cheap but have less security. There is also a problem with Android that the flagship devices are also vulnerable so expensive devices does not fulfil the security.. whereas the Apple's flagship does!

Abdullah Ahmad Khan
Abdullah Ahmad Khan

Omg!! Ur so genius ..\U0001f631\U0001f631\U0001f631 how do u know ? \U0001f612

Debarghya Ghosh
Debarghya Ghosh

I think this particular author is heavily biased against Android. Not sure why, or whether she had done the required background checks. Waiting to see an article written by this lady on the recent iOS bugs. Or maybe the celebrity photo leaks. Would request this author to have a detailed article on them. If you want to point fingers, do that towards all the culprits.

Tapan Bhanot
Tapan Bhanot

Android is pathetic when it comes to security!!!