Check your Android device for the Stagefright vulnerability

Got an Android device? Want to know if it's vulnerable to the Stagefright bug (hint: it probably is)? There's an app for that.

Got an Android device? Want to know if it's vulnerable to the Stagefright bug (hint: it probably is)? There's an app for that.

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Stagefright is the latest nasty vulnerability to plague Android users. It is spread via MMS messaging and once infected, the hackers own your device.

Want to find out if you're vulnerable? Well, I can tell you now that unless you're running a currently supported Nexus device (or you're running a custom ROM, for example, CyanogenMod) then the answer to that question will be a "yes," but here's an app that you can use to confirm the worst. Called Stagefright Detector App by security firm Zimperium (the same security firm that first uncovered the vulnerability), this will scan your system for the it.

If the Stagefright vulnerability is detected, the app will then try to sell you a solution.

If you're not in the mood to be sold something then Zimperium does offer some good advice on how to protect yourself from Stagefright in the absence of a patch being made available for your device.

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