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Major Android brand rolls out Stagefright fixes

Major Android brand rolls out Stagefright fixes
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Stagefright is that very serious Android bug that hit almost a billion smartphones. It lets a hacker take over your phone with just a text message.

The big problem with Android is that Google can't make one patch that works for every phone. Google has already fixed the flaw on its Nexus line of gadgets, now the first outside manufacturer is announcing fixes.

Motorola announced that it will be rolling out a patch for the dreaded bug today and users couldn't be more thrilled. Starting today, Motorola will be sending out waves of patches to the following models:

  • 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

The updates will be sent in the order that allows Motorola to reach the greatest number of users first. Its most popular models will be the first to receive an update, then the second-most popular and so on and so forth. You can see if your Motorola is ready to update to the latest software by checking in Settings>>About Phone>>System Updates.

New Motorola models like the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd Gen) will have the Stagefright security patch integrated into its software so buyers won't have to worry about hackers right off the bat.

If you don't see your model listed, or you do and you still want to protect yourself, here is how you can disable auto-retrieve text messages. That keeps Stagefright from sneaking into your Android gadget automatically.

Here are the steps depending on what messaging application you use:

  • Messaging: Settings >> uncheck “Auto-retrieve MMS.”
  • Hangouts (if enabled for SMS; if grayed-out, no need to take action):  Settings > SMS >> uncheck Auto-retrieve MMS.
  • Verizon Message+:  Settings >> Advanced settings >> uncheck Auto-retrieve >> uncheck Enable weblink preview
  • Whatsapp Messenger: Settings >> Chat settings >> Media auto-download. Then, disable all video auto downloads under “When using mobile data,” “When connected on Wi-Fi” and “When roaming.”
  • Handcent Next SMS:  Settings >> Receive message settings >> Disable auto retrieve.

We'll keep you updated as we hear more about the nasty Stagefright bug and the security patches that disable it. So, make sure you're tuned to what's Happening Now for the latest news about this bug and all other breaches, hacks and tech news.

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Source: Motorola
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