The Stagefright vulnerability has given Android device users around the world much to be worried about, even though OEMs and carriers are rushing to patch the exploit given the fragmented nature of Android they just can’t do it fast enough. Since this debacle many have promised to provide regular monthly security updates for their Android devices. Samsung is one of then and today the Galaxy S4 is receiving the much awaited Stagefright fix on Verizon.
It has only been a couple of weeks since the Stagefright vulnerability was made public, the vulnerability takes advantage of the way Android processes videos received in MMS messages and allows attackers to gain access to their target’s devices.
Users won’t even know about what’s happening on their device because the infected video in the MMS message is automatically processed so users don’t have to interact with the MMS message at all, as soon as they get it their device is infected.
Many OEMs like Samsung have already released the fix for most of their recent flagships but there’s still a long way to go before majority of Android devices can be covered.
Verizon has released software version LRX22C.I545VRUGOF1 for Galaxy S4 today, aside from the Stagefright fix it brings several other bug fixes and improvements, the update is rolling out now and should go live for all users shortly.