LG joining Samsung and Google to combat Stagefright

Stagefright

LG has announced that it will join Samsung and Google in an effort to combat Stagefright.

Stagefright is a vulnerability in Android that exploits how the operating system handles MMS. When an MMS is sent, some messaging apps automatically download the video files as soon as they are received in order to make them immediately ready to be opened. And while the OS does this, the system involved with processing video can be attacked.

In relation to the issue, LG stated,

LG will be providing security updates on a monthly basis which carriers will then be able to make available to customers immediately. We believe these important steps will demonstrate to LG customers that security is our highest priority.

This is certainly welcome news, and hopefully, other OEMs will take part in this initiative against Stagefright. However, how effective will this be with carriers involved? After all, carriers are known for being slow with OS updates, which provide their own improved security over those currently installed, until they are certain their own services function properly.

Should you be concerned about this uncertainty, check out this post for how to detect if you have Stagefright and how to defend yourself against it.

Source: Droid-Life

 

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