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Google has revamped Android to fix Stagefright bug once and for all

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#Google has been plagued by the #Stagefright bug ever since it was first made public in July last year. The bug basically affects apps like Hangouts that will auto-download media content in the background, allowing malware to be downloaded without the user’s consent. These files arrive in the form of media files, thus bypassing some Android security protocols.

It didn’t take much time for Google to fix this particular bug, but attackers managed to find their way in through other means. We’re now learning that Google has changed the Android architecture somewhat to kill this bug for good. Starting with Android 7.0 Nougat, the mediaserver will be upgraded and divided into many parts rather than being just one chunk, thus giving it those extra layers of security.

The extraction of a video buffer and the process that plays that particular media file are now separate, thus cutting down Stagefright from the root. It is not known at this point if this will affect media playback at all, but Google believes it won’t. As The Verge notes, the primary concern for many is with regards to the rollout of the Nougat update.

While flagships and Nexus phones will receive the update first, the slightly older ones or mid-ranged/budget devices might be left out. But still, it’s good to know that Google is doing something to rid itself of the Stagefright bug.

Via: The Verge