Motorola has announced their plans to address the Stagefright video security flaw on their devices. According to Motorola, the fix will be made available for all devices produced from 2013 onward. This will include devices like the original Moto X and the Droid line of devices produced for Verizon. Although no timeframe other than “soon” is given, Motorola also said the new Moto G that just started shipping after Motorola’s launch last month will get the fix. Motorola plans to release the upcoming Moto X Style and Moto X Play with the patch already applied out of the box.
Recently some manufacturers like Samsung and LG, along with Google’s own branded devices, have announced plans to implement monthly security update strategies to keep things patched up on user phones. Motorola has not said whether they are going to commit to a similar monthly schedule, but they are reportedly working with both Google and carriers to “simplify the process” of getting patch code, presumably with a focus on security patches, onto consumer devices.
If you happen to have an older Motorola device that is not covered by their plans to patch the Stagefright vulnerability, the company indicates you should turn off the auto download capability for MMS messages in order to ensure only trusted messages get downloaded. Motorola provides some instructions on how to do this for several messaging apps.