Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Google Patches Vulnerabilities In Many Android Nexus Devices

During the monthly patch round Nexus phones, Google has a large number of privately reported vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, including the recently unveiled Stage Fright 2.0 vulnerabilities. Stage Fright is a library that handles a variety of media formats. A problem in the handling of MP3 or MP4 files ensured that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the worst case scenario on the device.

In late July, researchers even though several vulnerabilities in the Stage Fright library known. In total this month, Google patched 15 vulnerabilities in Stage Fright, which are all described as critical. Through Critical vulnerabilities an attacker could execute code remotely on the device, for example by sending an MMS message, or if the user opens an e-mail or website.

In addition to the 15 Stage Fright leaks were repaired also 14 other vulnerabilities. There are a total of 29 patched 20 vulnerabilities labeled as critical. The updates are over-the-air (OTA) offered and are also available as firmware download. When the updates for the Android handsets from other manufacturers appear is unknown.

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