Google and Samsung have already begun updating their latest devices to eliminate the Stagefright vulnerability, and now Motorola is promising fixes, too, with all handsets launched in 2013 and later in line for an important patch.
The Stagefright vulnerability is one of the worst Android has seen in recent years, with around 95% of devices affected. All it takes is one malicious MMS message to give attackers full control of your device, and full access to personal data, including contacts, photos, messages, and more.
The only good thing to come out of this is that Google and its hardware partners are now stepping up their security. Together with Samsung and LG, the company has promised monthly security updates to make devices as safe as possible, and other makers are likely to follow suit.
But Stagefright must be eliminated first. Motorola is the latest to announce its own fixes, which will be rolling out to the following handsets:
- Moto X (1st and 2nd gen.)
- Moto G (1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen.)
- Moto G with LTE (1st and 2nd gen.)
- Moto E (1st and 2nd gen.)
- Moto E with LTE (2nd gen.)
- DROID Turbo
- DROID Ultra
- DROID Mini
- DROID Maxx
The new Moto X Style and Moto X Play will come with Stagefright fixes pre-installed, while the handsets listed above can expect to receive them over-the-air. Motorola says it will distribute the fixes to carriers from Monday, August 10, and it will be up to them to make them available to users.
Until you receive your Stagefright patch, Motorola recommends disabling MMS capabilities.