Motorola Releases Stagefright Security Update for its Smartphones
Motorola is set release a patch for its set of mobile phones to its carriers today to address the Stagefright vulnerabilities that have arisen in the Android mobile operating system.
This news comes after the announcement by Google, LG, and Samsung last week of releasing security updates for their Android-based devices every month. Motorola is yet to reveal if it will follow the same pattern with its devices.
The Stagefright media library written in C++ was found out to be the subject of easy exploitation by security team Zimporium, which later alerted Google about it. Since then, all major smartphone manufacturers have been hasty in developing security fixes for their respective variant of the Android OS.
The existing vulnerabilities allowed attackers to send an MMS message with embedded malware that is automatically retrieved by most SMS clients or IMs with SMS capabilities. The malware would then automatically install itself onto the phone.
Motorola will be pushing the security update for the following smartphones:
- 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
According to Motorola, there are over 200 variants of software that the company is working to patch on. The priority is being given to those variants which will cover the largest group of users first.