Does anyone know when Android users on the Roger's Network will be receiving a security patch for the "StageFright" bug?
My understanding is that this is a serious security vulnerability affecting most Andriod Devices. Google has created a fix for the issue, and to the best of my understanding made it available to device vendors. When will Roger's make this available to its customers?
I am not an I.T Security Expert. Thus, I rely on the opinions and analysis of those individuals with this expertise. From what they say, this is a very serious security vulnerability with the potential to be widespread and result in serious exploits.
As the Rogers Community, we have a right to know what steps will be taken to address this and also it is appropriate that we areprovided with a time-line for these actions.
Phones today are used by people for far more than communicating. Phones are used to track personal schedules, for banking, for stock market trading. As such, it is imperative our devices remain secure.
I wouldn't expect an update any time soon. The updates have to go through several steps - 1) Google creates & tests patch(es), 2) Google passes to phone manufacturers (HTC/Samsung/etc), 3) It then goes to ISP's/Cell phone providers (Rogers, in this case).
My problem (I fear) is that I have a Saumsung phone (who are notorious for being slow to release updates), on Rogers (who is also notorious for being slow to release updates). Realistically, an ETA I would wager would be a year out. I would expect it'll be a long time.
Could you imagine if Windows updates had to go through Dell/HP/IBM and then your ISP before they got rolled out? People would be freaking out. This stagefright thing is potentially vulnerable on almost a Billion (with a B) phones, and it seems no one is rushing to fix it. IMO this should be top priority!
In the meantime, go into your MMS settings and either shut it off entirely, or set it to not auto-retrieve. Or turn the thing off until it updates.
In the end, we probably won't see an update for this in 2015. I'd put my money on it.
Our customers’ security is a top priority. We are aware of this potential vulnerability and are working with our device manufacturer partners to ensure our customers are protected.
As a work around we are recommending users to disable the auto-playing feature for MMS messages on their device for their Text Messaging Apps (includes built in text messaging app that came with the device, Google Hangouts or any 3rd party messaging app you may use). To do this: