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Stagefright : Your Android Is At RISK!

July 28, 2015

 A mobile security researcher has announced that about 95% of Android mobile phone users are at risk of being hacked due to a flaw in the popular operating system. Android are widely used on mobile phones and devices (eg. smart TVs, kitchen appliances, car entertainment systems) but the devices are not at risk as they cannot receive text messages. Mobile phone users might receive a malicious video or photo laced with malware to infect the person's phone and gain access to personal data like photos, contacts, emails etc. It can even control your microphone and camera. Imagine the kind of info the attacker has access to...currently only versions 2.2 and above have this flaw.

 

Versions listed below have this flaw codenamed "Stagefright".

  • Froyo (2.2–2.2.3)

  • Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7)

  • Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6)

  • Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4)

  • Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1)

  • KitKat (4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2)

  • Lollipop (5.0–5.1.1)

There is no answer when Google will actually release the patch and if you have your mobile number published on the internet, do consider removing it to be on the safe side!

 

Android Users, Stay Safe and Take Care!

 

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