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New Stagefright attacks Android through audio files




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Android is in the verge of exploitation, again, with another Stagefright attack that can affect a billion of devices.

The said bug was first found in July and now it’s back. According to Zimperium Security, the new exploit can be done through an mp3 or mp4 audio file. A simple preview of the infected file is enough to wake the virus. It’s more concerning that the virus can be deployed on a public Wi-Fi network or even embedded in a web page which can turn itself to a self-replicating virus or worm.

Google is already working on a fix and we can expect a patch to roll out this month. No reported exploitation of the bug so far.

Stagefright started as a vulnerability issue among Android phones over text and MMS. The operating system’s multimedia preview function got exploited but it was addressed to some extent.

Source: Android Authority



This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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