stagefright android vulnerability

What is Stagefright?

A vulnerability has been identified in some Android phones worldwide that can potentially allow access to multimedia files, or potentially for a phone to be taken over by receiving a malicious MMS message.

The vulnerability may be contained in the “Stagefright” media playback engine.

The user does not need to open an attachment or download a corrupt file. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment a malicious text message is received.

What Can I Do?

Avoid opening MMS received from people you don't know.

Also, you can disable the auto-playing feature for MMS messages on your device for your Text Messaging Apps (includes built in text messaging app that came with the device, Google Hangouts or any 3rd party messaging app that you may use to read your MMS messages). To do this:

1. Go to App Settings

2. Disable ‘Auto-retrieve’ for MMS messages in the Messaging app's settings.

APP Steps
Google Hangouts
1. Navigate to Account > Settings > SMS
2. Uncheck Auto retrieve MMS
Google Messenger
1. Tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen
2. Navigate to Settings > Advanced
3. Uncheck Auto retrieve
Samsung SMS
1. In the Messages app, navigate to More > Settings > More Settings > Multimedia messages
2. Uncheck Auto retrieve
LG SMS
1. In the Messages app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen
2. Navigate to Settings > Multimedia messages
3. Uncheck Auto-retrieve
HTC SMS
1. In the Messages app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen
2. Navigate to Settings > Multimedia messages (MMS)
3. Uncheck Auto-retrieve
Sony SMS
1. In the Messaging app, tap the three dots in the top right corner of the screen
2. Navigate to Settings
3. Scroll down and uncheck MMS auto download
Keep checking back here. We'll update this post once we receive more information.