Android Stagefright Vulnerability Fix: How To Protect Your Phone
The recent Android vulnerability, Stagefright, is putting over 950 million Android phones susceptible to an attack, and Google reassures the Android community that they are moving quickly to address the current danger. An exploit which allows hackers to gain control of your device by just sending a message without even knowing is a scary thought, so you must know the precautions to protect your phone from this kind of attack.
Update and MMS auto-retrieval
What you should do is turn off the MMS auto-retrieval. This prevents the phone from receiving random MMS messages, which includes images or videos, and will allow you to accept or reject those messages. The only downside is you’ll get prompted to do this every time you receive one, but it is a worthwhile inconvenience to prevent your phone from becoming a victim of ‘Stagefright,’ according to Derek Walter of Greenbot.com.
Zimperium Labs, the leading mobile threat protection, also shares in their blog that Android users should keep their device updated to the latest version at all times. If an update is not available for your device, manually install an OS like CyanogenMod that support older devices for a long period of time, the blog added.
Andrew Ludwig, Lead Engineer for Android Security at Google says that updates are truly a last resort. They should be neither the first nor the only step in a multi-layered stack of security technology.
“I’m optimistic that advanced exploitation mitigation technology in Android will help us to move beyond the period of time when fast patching was the only solution available to secure devices,” Ludwig states. “And I look forward to more research into how these technologies can be used to prevent exploitation on Android and other platforms,” he added.
Stagefright is a devastating exploit for anyone to take advantage. Android users should be extremely careful in how they operate they device and share their information. For more about the vulnerability, check out this link.
Google has announced software updates for Android phones and software for the bug on Wednesday. Google posted in an email that 90 percent of Android devices were secured with a programming technique they called as “address space layout randomization” (ASLR), according to NBC News. The company has also announced an update for the next release of their messenger as well as regular security updates for Nexus devices, NBC News shared.