"Stagefright" is the nickname of a latest potential exploit that lives deep inside the Android operating system and replicates itself for making your Android device vulnerable than ever.
The vulnerability is particularly troublesome because it can be infected via MMS messages, which gets automatically downloaded to any Android device by default, giving a potential attacker the ability to remotely control and steal data from the device.
Once the attack is complete, the Stagefright bug could grant hackers a variety of powers over the victim's device.
The Stagefright attack does not require any action by the victim, meaning the flaw can be exploited remotely while a device owner is asleep. This is different from spear-phishing attacks, which require users to open an email attachment or click on a link for the attack to be successful.
To counter the threat, dubbed as one of the biggest vulnerabilities ever, Eset has launched its 'Stagefright Detector app. The app scans your Android device to determine whether you are affected by the vulnerability exploit and provides you with practical advice on how to protect yourself and your device by immediately installing a patch through your carrier or OEM and disabling MMS auto-download in your default messaging app until your device is patched.
Supporting a large pool of devices, the Eset Stagefright app shall take less than 10 seconds to complete its analysis and show the result.
Available on the Google Play Store, Eset Stagefright app is a free-to-download solution that shall safeguard your Android devices from malware and possible attacks.