Only a week after the announcement of Stagefright several manufacturers and carriers have already started pushing patches to several devices. Apparently Google already had a patch sitting and ready for release when Stagefright was announced and were quick to provide it to manufacturers for them to update their devices.
Google has committed to releasing monthly updates to the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 as well as the Nexus Player. They released the first of the promised patches Wednesday, August 5th, to patch the Stagefright exploit.
Samsung released their patches starting with the Sprint Note 4 (my guess is that the 5.1.1 release was close enough to release that they just slapped the Stagefright patch in and released it right away), and then several other devices. AT&T followed suit shortly after Sprint and released the patch to the same devices. Samsung stated on their blog that “Samsung Electronics will implement a new Android security update process that fast tracks the security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are uncovered. These security updates will take place regularly about once per month.”
Not to long after Google and Samsung’s announcements LG joined suit and have committed to monthly updates as well.
It is nice to see everyone is taking not only this issue but security in general more seriously. Let’s hope everyone keeps to their promises and that we continue to see improvements in the Android we all know and love.
For those of you wanting to verify your device is secure there is an app for that, Stagefright Detector App, released by Zimperium Inc, who initially found the exploit.
Source Link: ZDNet
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