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Google Announces Fix for Android Bug

Android users got a dose of good news Wednesday when Google announced it was pushing out  a fix for the “Stagefright” bug that left some 950 million phones vulnerable to malware. Google designed a patch for the bug within 48 hours of being notified of its existence. Unfortunately, the fix did not reach the majority of phone users.

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Related Security Expert: 950 Million Android Phones Vulnerable to Attack

On Wednesday, Google began pushing the fix to Nexus users, according to Business Insider. Also scheduled for receiving the fix this month:

  • Android One devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M8
  • HTC One M9
  • LG G2
  • LG G3
  • LG G4
  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia Z3
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Xperia

Stagefright allows a hacker to install malware on Android phones through a text message, which can be deleted without the user ever seeing it.

The bug was discovered by Zimperium zLabs.

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