Stagefright vulnerability : Is your android safe
Do you know -Your android phone can be hacked without your knowledge. Is it not shocking and scary. All this happens only with the help of worst Stagefright vulnerability. Let me describe you in brief:
WHAT IS STAGEFRIGHT VULNERABILITY?
If you’re android user then you must be aware of it because your android device can be hacked by a simple message. Security researchers have found a new bug in an android platform that can give hacker to full control of your android device just by sending a text or multimedia message.Any android device running version 2.2 to 5.1.1 (included KitKat and latest version lollipop) of the operating system, are vulnerable to this bug. It can monitor all your activities, steal sensitive information without doing anything. But How?
Mobile security firm Zimperium warned that nearly 950 Million Android phones can be hijacked by sending a simple text message. For this only hackers need your mobile number to send a malicious message in text or multimedia form. According to zimperium researcher Jousha Drake – These vulnerabilities are hidden in a core android component known as “stagefright”. This multimedia playback library is written in native code (C++) that’s more prone to memory corruption than memory safe programming codes like Java. It’s used in android to process record and play multimedia files.
HOW IS IT WORKS?
There are multiple ways to execute this bug and the worst is require no user interaction just only a user’s 10 digits mobile number, Sufficient to Game over. Hackers first send you a specially crafted MMS that’s mostly in .mp4 format. Sometimes they could delete this message before user to seeing it. When .mp4 format message get downloaded, hackers will able to execute malicious code on your android device.
“These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim takes any action to be exploited,” wrote zimperium team in a blog post.
Your device could Trojan infected while you sleep because it doesn’t need to click on any link or open any files, just an automatically downloading media files .Now they’re able to access all your information including private photos, videos, contacts, bank information, and all whatever they want.
To avoid stagefright vulnerability triggered to your phone- turn off auto-retrieval option and don’t download any unknown media files.
Download Stagefright bug Detector from Google Play:
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