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That crucial Android patch was a bust. Google releases a second one

That crucial Android patch was a bust. Google releases a second one
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Stagefright is the really serious Android bug that lets hackers take over your phone with a text message. It affects almost a billion phones, but Google put out a patch that fixed it. Except the patch didn't work. Now Google is putting out another one.

We told you about the Stagefright flaw a few weeks ago when the story first broke. This coding error gives hackers just enough wiggle room to slide into your Android's internal workings and fiddle with things long enough to where they can take over your whole phone.

They can do whatever they want with it. Hackers can make calls, shut off cell service, access information stored in your apps like banking information, private messages and images, all remotely.

The bad news is that the first Google patch was just found out to be ineffective by security outfit Exodus Intelligence. The company alerted Google developers to this issue and they finally did something about it.

The latest patch will be sent out by the end of them month for all Google-ran devices such as all Nexus gear. But if you have a Samsung, LG or any other type of Android, you're going to have to wait for your cellphone service provider to roll out their own updates.

Motorola has already started releasing patches to its customers, but other major manufacturers are slow to catch up. The updates could be hit Android owners anywhere from a week to months from now.

Google has maintained that Stagefright isn't that big of a deal and there has been no recorded hacker attack exploiting the flaw. Google explained this further in a statement to the Inquirer, "Currently over 90 percent of Android devices have a technology called ASLR enabled, which protects users from this issue."

For all of the latest news and information about Stagefright, including apps to see if you're vulnerable, breaking stories and statements from industry officials, make sure to stay tuned to what's Happening Now.

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Source: The Inquirer
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