More than 1 Billion smartphone users at risk from ‘Stagefright 2.0’ bug

More than 1 Billion smartphone users at risk from ‘Stagefright 2.0’ bug: A new version of the Stagefright bug has been detected that will target nearly every single Android device. Even if your handset or tablet is patched to tackle the first Stagefright bug, it won’t help you protect your Android device against StageFright 2.

The first version of Stagefright bug used an MMS message to gain access to all the contents in your smartphone. While the Stagefright 2.0 bug will break through your device when processed a specially crafted MP3 audio or MP4 video files.

More than 1 Billion smartphone users at risk from ‘Stagefright 2.0’ bug

And this StageFright2 bug will bring a set of two vulnerability in which the first vulnerability (in libutils) impacts almost each and every Android devices since version 1.0 released in 2008. It has been seen that there are methods to trigger that vulnerability in handsets running version 5.0 and up using the second vulnerability (in libstagefright).

A user can be infected with this bug if they are sent an infected file such as specially crafted MP3 audio or MP4 video files or they are lured to a webpage where they would open the infected files. The vulnerability is triggered when the metadata that lies within is processed which carries the contextual information when the file was created. That means a user can be exposed to vulnerability of threat just by previewing a song or a video through an infected file.

Zimperium made aware Google’s Android Security Team of this issue on Aug 15 and  they also reacted quickly and moved forward to remediate it. Though at this moment patch is not available but security firm had said that it will soon update its StageFright Dectector app to identify the flaw once Google issues a patch.

Stagefright first came into the new during the summer when it was unveiled that more than 850 million Android phones could be vulnerable to the threat that will allow hackers to gain control of the Android devices by sending a malware infected picture message.

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Amit Samaiyar

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