This Android malware popularly called Stagefright is causing a lot of stir in the mobile phone space. Sometime ago, we reported of it’s existence and the level of harm it can cause you. More bitter news is that almost every Android phone in existence is vulnerable and likely to be infected.
This has forced the hands of phone makers to look for ways of calming nerves of frightened users. Google has swiftly agreed to release security updates for her Nexus line of smart phones, and this is expected to roll out monthly.
Samsung has followed suit and have also agreed to release monhtly security updates to fix the Stagefright vunerabilities. In an official blogspost, Executive Vice President, Dong Jin Koh said:
“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.”
Samsung also acknowledged they would work with carriers to ensure these updates will reach users quick enough.
LG is the most recent to join the list, (though with no official statement yet) also complying to deliver these updates. This goes to show us the fragmented nature of Android, and how manufacturers and carriers have so much power in their hands.