July 27, 2015

Researchers Have Found a New Texting Vulnerability in Android

This morning, researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security announced a new vulnerability in Android, targeting the multimedia messaging system. Dubbed "Stagefright," the vulnerability roughly 950 million Android devices worldwide, according to researcher estimates, although the most vulnerable devices are those running pre-Jelly Bean versions of Android. Google has released a patch for the vulnerability to manufacturers, but most have not yet pushed that update to customers.

Zimperium hasn't released all the details of the attack, pending a more detailed presentation at the Black Hat conference next month, but it appears to target how Android processes video, specifically in the phone's MMS messaging capability. Attackers could exploit that...

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