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March 17, 2016

Video: Stagefright Returns; 500 Million Android Devices at Risk

A new variant of the dreaded Android-based Stagefright bug has been successfully exploited by security researchers who showed a proof-of-concept of phone getting hacked remotely. The newly discovered Stagefright bug affects users running Android Lollipop, versions 5.0 and 5.1.

Israeli software security research company NorthBit has, in a detailed research paper, revealed that it has exploited the dreaded Stagefright Android bug which has, in the past, put a billion user devices at risk.

The complete research paper can be found here. [PDF]

The exploit, titled ‘Metaphor’ is shown running in a proof-of-concept video. The target is Google’s Nexus 5, a flagship device [...]

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October 1, 2015

Stagefright Strikes Again – A Billion Android Devices Are Vulnerable

Researchers have discovered new vulnerabilities inherent in Android and dubbed it Stagefright 2.0, leaving more than a billion Android devices vulnerable to remote code execution by merely previewing music or videos.

Security researchers at Zimperium zLabs have discovered a new variant of the infamous Stagefright vulnerability and have promptly named it Stagefright 2.0. The new vulnerability comprises of two bugs, both of which could directly compromise more than a billion Android devices. In other words, every single Android device currently in use is vulnerable to the exploit.

The complete account of Zimperium zLabs’ findings can be found here.

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September 16, 2015

New Exploit Bypasses Android Lock Screens

A new exploit can easily bypass the lock screen of Android phones, claims a new report. The bypass can be done on Android phones using versions between 5.0 and 5.1.1, even if encryption is enabled on the particular device. 

The University of Texas, Austin, in a report, has revealed the shocking news that the lock screen of Android phones can easily be bypassed using a new exploit. However, the method only works on Android phones that use the OS versions between 5.0 and 5.1.1 and have a password-based lock. This puts the number of Android users at a risk to 21% of the total Android users, which is a huge figure considering the humongous share of Android phones in the [...]

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September 7, 2015

How to Avoid the Stagefright Vulnerability in Android

Android phones occupy the biggest share of cell phones in the market. At around 80%, Android devices are the most widely used phones worldwide. However, Android is susceptible to an appalling vulnerability that could cause serious damage to a user’s data as well as his device.

There is a minor but albeit dangerous glitch in the Android system installed on all Android devices, which grants attackers and hackers an easy passage into a user’s device. This small yet utterly dangerous vulnerability is called Stagefright.

What is Stagefright?

Stagefright is a component in Android devices which is used in multimedia handling. The component is granted system permissions in most [...]

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