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Yet another scary Stagefright bug could let someone take control of your phone

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Yet another scary Stagefright bug could let someone take control of your phone

We advised you this Stagefright business wouldn’t start and finish with the primary bug, and that’s changing into extra obvious each and every and on a daily basis. S Zimperium Labs research has uncovered yet another vulnerability within the afflicted Android multimedia library which could permit a hacker to take control of your phone with out so much paintings.

Unlike prior to the place the assault could be caused through merely sending a video message, this assault most commonly calls for that the sufferer clicks on a website online the place a bogus audio or video record has been planted. “Merely previewing the track or video may cause the problem,” says Joshua Drake, the analysis who found out and mentioned the bug.


Drake says the bug impacts just about each and every Android software that has been launched because the unique G1 in 2008. He says there’s additionally a 2d vulnerability that may come into play to have an effect on folks as much as Android 5.0 Lollipop, although it merely piggybacks the main bug.

This bug doesn’t sound just about as dangerous in the beginning because it calls for you to click on on one thing as an alternative of it triggering by itself, however that’s nonetheless critical sufficient that it warrants top consideration. And if that isn’t dangerous sufficient, should you someway in finding your self at the similar public WiFi community (not really for most of the people) with an attacker they may be able to cause the vulnerability by way of injecting your community visitors with malicious code, utterly erasing the will for social engineering.

The researcher has despatched the reviews and patches to Google, who plans to factor them to Nexus units within the October model of the monthly security patches they’re sending out (which is claimed to be taking place October fifth, a likely date for a Marshmallow rollout). Furthermore, the patch used to be despatched to hardware makers as early as September tenth, so the updates will have to be of their respective updates in due time.

We’ve stated it sooner than, and we’ll say it once more (and as again and again as other people want to listen it sooner than they be mindful): this isn’t the primary bug, and it gained’t be the final bug. Even after Google manages to squish all of those in particular in Stagefright, much more could pop up. And that’s to not point out all of the different spaces of the Android OS that may be hiding safety holes. The so much they may be able to do is cope with it abruptly because it involves their consideration and do their toughest to get updates out to everybody, and they’ve kept their word on that promise to this point.


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