Short Bytes: This week, Google is releasing the “single largest software update the world has ever seen”. It has started rolling out patches for fixing the Android hijack bug Stagefright that targeted your phones with a single text.
At the “Android Security State of the Union” talk at Black Hat, Ludwig shed some light on Google’s prompt efforts to fix the Android hijack bug Stagefright. This bug enabled hackers to threaten nearly a billion Android phone users. At the moment, OTA updates for Android hijack bug Stagefright are being pushed to the complete Nexus phone lineup that would train the phones to repair themselves. But, what about the other non-Nexus users?
Don’t worry people, your phones will be getting the same update this week. From now on, major smartphone makers like Google, Samsung, LG and others have committed to roll out monthly security updates. This Android hijack bug Stagefright targets Google’s Hangout messaging app. Till the update is released for your Android phone, Ludwig has advised people to use a different messaging app.
“We’ve looked at the events of the last few weeks and realized we need to move faster, and that we need to tell people what we are doing,” Ludwig said.
The Android hijack bug Stagefright is a serious flaw that affects about 95 percent devices with a single text. Considering these increasing threats, Ludwig said that the Android maker is investing heavily in blocking the harmful apps and thus hardening the Android ecosystem.
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