Security researchers have successfully exploited the Android-based Stagefright bug and remotely hacked a phone, which may leave millions devices vulnerable to attack.
Israeli software research company NorthBit claimed it had “properly” exploited the Android bug that was originally described as the “worst ever discovered”.
The exploitation, called Metaphor, is detailed in a research paper from NorthBit and also a video showing the exploit being run on a Nexus 5. NorthBit said it had also successfully tested the exploit on a LG G3, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Co-founder Gil Dabah told WIRED the exploit could be altered by those wanting to cause more damage. Approximately 36 percent of the 1.4 billion active Android phones and tablets run Android 5 or 5.1, with Dabah warning that devices lacking the latest updates would be vulnerable.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht