STAGEFRIGHT - Android Phone Vulnerability

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STAGEFRIGHT - Android Phone Vulnerability

 

What is Stagefright?

  • A vulnerability has been identified in some Android phones worldwide that can potentially allow access to multimedia files, or potentially for a phone to be taken over by receiving a malicious MMS message.
    • The vulnerability may be contained in the “Stagefright” media playback engine.
  • The user does not need to open an attachment or download a corrupt file. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment a malicious text message is received

 

What Can I Do?

  • You can disable the auto-playing feature for MMS messages on your device for your Text Messaging Apps (includes built in text messaging app that came with the device, Google Hangouts or any 3rd party messaging app that you may use to read your MMS messages). To do this:
  1. Go to App Settings
  2. Disable ‘Auto-retrieve’ for MMS messages in the Messaging app's settings.

 

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App

 

Steps

Google Hangouts

      

1.     Navigate to Account > Settings > SMS

2.     Uncheck Auto retrieve MMS

 

 

 

Google Messenger

 

1.     Tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen

2.     Navigate to Settings > Advanced

3.     Uncheck Auto retrieve

 

 

 

Samsung SMS

 

1.     In the Messages app, navigate to More > Settings > More Settings > Multimedia messages

2.     Uncheck Auto retrieve

 

 

 

LG SMS

 

1.     In the Messages app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen

2.     Navigate to Settings > Multimedia messages

3.     Uncheck Auto-retrieve

 

 

 

HTC SMS

 

1.     In the Messages app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen

2.     Navigate to Settings > Multimedia messages (MMS)

3.     Uncheck Auto-retrieve

Sony SMS

 

1.     In the Messaging app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen

2.     Navigate to Settings

3.     Scroll down and uncheck MMS auto download

 

 

 

 

Model and Timeline for Fix:

 

 

 

OEM Model Available Date
HTC Desire (Zara) September 17th
Desire 510 (A11) September 4th
One M7 September 4th
One M8 Coming Soon
One M9 Coming Soon
One Mini (M4) September 12th
LG G Flex September 15th
G2 September 10th
G3 September 8th
G3 Vigor September 4th
G4 September 15th
Nexus 4 Coming Soon
Nexus 5 October 6th
Motorola E LTE September 17th
Moto G LTE September 14th
Moto X September 22nd
Nexus 6 October 6th
Samsung Galaxy Alpha August 29th
Galaxy Core LTE September 23rd
Galaxy Mega October 9th
Galaxy Note September 30th
Galaxy Note 2 September 24th
Galaxy Note 3 October 9th
Galaxy Note 4 Coming Soon
Galaxy Note 8 October 9th
Galaxy Note Edge Coming Soon
Galaxy S2 (I727) September 18th
Galaxy S3 September 15th
Galaxy S3 Mini September 24th
Galaxy S4 September 3rd
Galaxy S4 Mini September 17th
Galaxy S5 October 9th
Galaxy S5 Active Coming Soon
Galaxy S6 Coming Soon
Galaxy S6 Edge Coming Soon

Galaxy Tab S

 

 

Galaxy Tab S2

Coming Soon

 

Coming Soon

Sony Xperia M2 October 2nd
Xperia M4 Aqua October 9th
Xperia Z1 September 23rd
Xperia Z3 September 17th
Xperia Z3 Tablet September 17th

ZTE

Grand X Plus

Coming Soon

 

 

Device Not On The List?

 

Keep checking back here. We are working with our OEM partners and will post the most up-to-date information here.

 

 

 

 

 

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