Motorola launching Stagefright fixes, but no word on future strategy


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.

source: Motorola
via: Engadget

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.