New exploit spotlights Android's Stagefright vulnerability

If Android manufacturers don't step up on their patching timeline, this could be a serious problem

New exploit spotlights Android's Stagefright vulnerability
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Researchers have developed Metaphor, a "fast, reliable, and stealthy" exploit for the Stagefright vulnerability that can affect millions of Android devices. Whether or not the attack becomes widely successful will depend on how seriously carriers and manufacturers react to this threat.

Stagefright refers to the group of security issues in Android library libstagefright that was found last year by researchers at mobile security company Zimperium. Attackers could potentially remotely execute code on the vulnerable device through a malicious email message, website, or even an MMS message.

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