Google will launch “biggest security update in history”


Android patch will roll out to more than two billion devices worldwide to protect phones from hijack flaw “Stagefright”

Google has announced plans to roll out the “largest software update ever seen” to protect Android devices from the Stagefright software flaw.

95 per cent of Android devices are vulnerable to Stagefright – a hack which uses MMS messages to smuggle malware on to a device – according to the search-engine giant.

Speaking at Black Hat 2015, Google’s lead engineer for Android Adrian Ludwig unveiled plans to send out a software update that will fix the vulnerability.

“My guess is that this is the single largest software update the world has ever seen,” said he explained. “Hundreds of millions of devices are going to be updated in the next few days. It’s incredible.”

The vulnerability is exposed when an Android device automatically opens the contents of an MMS message. If the message contains malicious malware, it can then get access to a users camera and microphone through a flaw buried deep inside the Android software.

Smartphones running Android versions from 2.2 right through to the latest version (Lollipop 5.1.1) are vulnerable, estimated to be 950 million users.

All Nexus devices are going to be patched, according to Google, while Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony have all confirmed they will push through the software patch as soon as possible.

In addition, Google and LG have both promised to send out monthly software updates to users to fix any software issues with the system.

“We’ve looked at the events of the last few weeks and realized we need to move faster, and that we need to tell people what we are doing,” Ludwig added.