Motorola has decided to not update any of its devices with the Stagefright issue.  JUST KIDDING.  I’m sure you have heard or read about the Android vulnerability that has existed for many years, but was recently exposed just a month ago.  If not you can read about the Stagefright issue covered in this article.

Motorola announced its plans for how it will handle this patch. All of the latest Moto devices, launched this year, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and 3rd gen. moto G will have the patch integrated into the software.  As for other devices:

  • Moto X Style (patched from launch)
  • Moto X Play (patched from launch)
  • Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto X Pro
  • Moto Maxx/Turbo
  • Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E  with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx

These devices will be receiving the security patch as soon as the carriers test and approve the changes.  Motorola started sending out the new software today to carriers, so look for updates from carriers if your device is locked to them like the Droid Turbo, a Verizon only device.

If you have valuable information on your device, Moto offers this as a temporary solution.

What can I do to protect myself if my phone does not have the patch?

First, only download multimedia content (such as attachments or anything that needs to be decoded to view it) from people you know and trust. You can disable your phone’s capability to download MMS automatically. That way you can only choose to download from trusted sources.

  • Messaging: go to Settings.  Uncheck “Auto-retrieve MMS.”
  • Hangouts (if enabled for SMS; if greyed-out, no need to take action):  go to Settings > SMS. Uncheck auto retrieve MMS.
  • Verizon Message+:  go to Settings > Advanced settings. Uncheck Auto-retrieve.  Uncheck “Enable weblink preview.”
  • Whatsapp Messenger: go to Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download.  Disable all video auto downloads under “When using mobile data,” “When connected on Wi-Fi” and “When roaming.”
  • Handcent Next SMS:  go to settings>Receive message settings.  Disable auto retrieve.

Source – Motorola

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