Motorola's plans to roll out Stagefright Vulnerabiity Patch

Motorola recently posted on their official customer support page about Stagefright a.k.a. MMS Messaging issue.

Below is the short description provided by Motorola for the same,

Android OS provides a media playback engine called “Stagefright.” Stagefright is responsible for unpacking and playing the multimedia message. Depending on a phone’s messaging settings, this could take place before the phone owner opens the message or views the video. There is a possibility that a hacker could insert malware in the video. It could then be processed and access the phone without giving the owner a chance to evaluate the video attachment.

Motorola provided the list of smartphones which will get the patch for Stagefright issue. Considering many carrier partners and over 200 variants of the software, it is but obvious that the patch need to undergo thorough testing first.

  • Moto X Style (patched from launch)
  • Moto X Play (patched from launch)
  • Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto X Pro
  • Moto Maxx/Turbo
  • Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx

There is Android App also available in Play Store for checking whether your smartphone is vulnerable to Stagefright vulnerability.

David Schuster (Senior Director, SW Product Management, Motorola Mobility) also gave inputs from his official Google+ page. There is a possibility of any one of the two options depending upon the smartphone model,
  • The patch will be clubbed with forthcoming Android version upgrades.
  • The patch will be rolled out as new point release. 

Looking at the other side of this post, David mentioned about forthcoming Android version upgrades. I own Moto G 2014 and eagerly waiting for Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 upgrade. Lets hope this becomes true in near future !!!  

Motorola's plans to roll out Stagefright Vulnerabiity Patch Motorola's plans to roll out Stagefright Vulnerabiity Patch Reviewed by Nikhil Bhalwankar on August 12, 2015 Rating: 5

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