Saturday , August 19 2017

Chomp SMS claims to have “protection” from Stagefright bug

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There’s a security scare out there for Android users again, this time it’s being referred to as the Stagefright exploit. Just to clear something up, Stagefright is part of the Android Framework and exists as a Multimedia library; so the name isn’t quite right for mind, we’re talking about a bug in Stagefright that can be used for malicious purposes and there’s a very easy way to minimise your risk. Simply turn off automatic downloading of MMS to your device and don’t accept MMS from anyone that you don’t know and trust.

If you’re a Chomp SMS or Textra user (they’re released by the same developer) you’re apparently getting protection from the Stagefright bug with the latest update as noted on the Play Store page for the app

WHAT’S NEW

  • IMPORTANT: Protection from Stagefright! Video messages can contain an exploit called Stagefright that can harm your phone. chompSMS protects by ensuring new video messages can not automatically run the exploit.
  • More Material Design improvements.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Change Log @ http://inapp.chompsms.com/changelog

They have attempted to explain their protection on the company’s Textra knowledge base:

The Stagefright exploit can occur when any SMS / MMS app creates the MMS video thumbnail that it shows in the conversation bubble or notification or if a user presses the play button on the video or saves to Gallery.

We have provided a solution for ‘StageFright’ in Release 3.1 of Textra out now.

which does pose the question…

What protection does this offer over simply not automatically downloading MMS to your device?

Frankly; if you’re conscious of what is coming in to your phone there probably isn’t any advantage to this over disabling automatic download of MMS. The difference on the Textra and Chomp apps is that “Automatic Download of MMS” is called “Stagefright Protection” and when you do trigger the download of a Multimedia message that could potentially harm your device, you’re cautioned on screen about the dangers.

If you’re truly concerned about the dangers of Stagefright it may be worth looking at Chomp or Textra as a potential replacement of your messaging app, but in reality disabling MMS download and being aware of what you’re downloading offers the same protection levels.

chomp SMS
chomp SMS
Developer: Delicious
Price: Free+
Textra SMS
Textra SMS
Developer: Delicious
Price: Free+

Are you concerned about Stagefright, or do you believe its another storm in a teacup security scare?

 
Source: Textra Knowledge Base.
Thanks: Matt for the heads up.

Phil Tann   Journalist

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7 Comments on "Chomp SMS claims to have “protection” from Stagefright bug"

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Pumpino
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Pumpino

Not using MMS doesn’t stop someone from sending you one. 😉

IsaacLHawk
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Google>>CLICK NEXT TAB FOR MORE INFO AND HELP
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Google>>CLICK NEXT TAB FOR MORE INFO AND HELP
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Jim
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Who is actually using MMS anymore? Aren’t telcos still charging exorbitant rates for sending and receiving MMS messages?

Stormjr
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Stormjr

Some phones will automatically convert very long SMS into MMS automatically for you! Also adding an emoji makes that SMS a MMS as well!

Tony Soprano
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Tony Soprano

I often use MMS. It’s unlimited with my plan. I just wish they wouldn’t compress the images so much that they’re blurry as hell when trying to zoom in. Even over WiFi messaging platforms this still exists.

SlasheeTheCow
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SlasheeTheCow

That’s a good question. I don’t actually know how much sending an MMS would cost me, since I’ve never had or wanted to. Which I guess answers the first question.

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