Stagefright strikes again!! Attacks all Androids through fishy audio files

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Around August this year, we reported about a malware called Stagefright. This malware attacked Android devices merely through a malicious text message or MMS. The tech space panicked, Google alongside other manufacturers rushed to provide security patches to fix the bug. Same virus has struck again in another form.

StageFright


Stagefright 2.0 as it’s called poses a set of two vulnerabilities that manifests when processing specially crafted MP3 audio or MP4 video files. While your devices processes these corrupted files, certain arbitrary codes can be executed. This malware sits in the metadata within the files, so simply previewing the song or video would trigger the issue.

The attack through SMS/MMS and Hangouts has been patched on some devices, but this time, you might be hit via a Web browser. This might happen by an attacker luring one to a malicious website, or by installing 3rd party apps e.g Media Players, Instant Messengers, etc. that are using the vulnerable library. The severity of the attacks vary according to your devices’ Android version.



You can install the Stagefright detector app to know if your device is vulnerable. Do not panic 😆 You’ll be fine.

Zimperium zLabs is Raising the Volume: New Vulnerability Processing MP3/MP4 Media.




7 comments

  1. The android Os sef? I guess Android 6.0 should fix this loophole before the general roll out

  2. Only for another threat to raise its head. With every new update, another new malware threat appears.

  3. It’s the potential price we have to pay for always being connected in a world of predators searching for their next prey,a little bit of caution will go a long way in safeguarding your privacy..

  4. Still at a loss, cos android was once quite secure… This all sounds politically motivated

  5. Android always had the potential to be vulnerable, it was a case of what and when. Whenever a thing becomes popular (usually some kind of software), there’s always the possibility of it being hacked. Add to that Android’s “openness” and popularity, the more reason people would try to hack it.

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