Smartphone security is something a lot of the manufacturers are focusing on lately and recently there was a nasty security vulnerability in Android. The exploit is known as Stagefright and it effects the versions 2.2 Froyo thereafter.
The exploit is said to be one of the biggest in Androids history but thankfully there is a fix which is being deployed over the airwaves by various different manufacturers.
Samsung and Google are also planning on putting in place measures to ensure swifter responses to security issues from here on in. Google have said going forward they plan to release monthly security updates for Nexus devices in addition to the usual updates.
The first one of these updates is a security patch which is rolling out right now to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player devices. This patch fixes the Stagefright exploit. Google states that they will provide updates “will continue to receive major updates for at least two years and security patches for the longer of three years from initial availability or 18 months from last sale of the device via the Google Store.”
Alonside Google Samsung have also revealed they will be implementing a new security update process for their smartphone range. They aim to fast track patches when new vulnerabilities are uncovered and updates wille be available to Samsung devices over-the-air “regularly about once per month”.
They are already fast tracking the Stagefright and a representative said they “plan to further develop this process and implement it as a timely security update practice”.