By Stan Schroeder, Mashable, Aug 9, 2015 – A vulnerability in Android’s “Stagefright” media playback engine was publicly revealed late last month, potentially affecting nearly a billion Android devices. It enables an attacker to take control of the victim’s phone by sending a specifically crafted MMS.
Now, Zimperium — the security research firm that discovered the vulnerability — has created an Android app that lets you check if your device is vulnerable to the Stagefright bug.
Called the Stagefright Detector App, the app will scan your phone and tell you whether it’s vulnerable or if you need to update your mobile OS. It’s available on Google Play for free. Zimperium told Engadget that the app also “anonymously” collects data and fingerprints the vulnerable device, in order to help create future patches.