We’ve seen that a number of mainstream manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and HTC will be receiving a fix to address the Stagefright security vulnerability, but it seems Motorola is also keen to let their customers know they’ll be getting a fix as well.
Motorola has updated their support documentation, advising which phones will get the fix, and also timeframes on when they can expect it. Motorola has also put out a brief explanation of the bug as well:
Motorola will begin distributing the software to carrier partners around the world on August 10th – that is for those phones which were sold on carriers. This initial announcement is just a start and Motorola will update with more information soon. The list of handsets due to receive the update include:
- Moto X Style (patched from launch)
- Moto X Play (patched from launch)
- Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto X Pro
- Moto Maxx/Turbo
- Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
- Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto E (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
- Moto E with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
- DROID Turbo
- DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx
Unfortunately their older handsets will be left hanging, so if you do have one of the older Razr, Defy, Atrix or any other Motorola handsets not included in the list – and for some reason are still using this ancient technology, then you should disable auto-download MMS on your phone now. Here’s a list of common MMS capable apps and how to disable them:
- Google Messenger, under Settings -> Advanced Settings, you can disable auto-retrieve MMS. By doing so, and not downloading MMS from anyone you don’t trust, you reduce the risk significantly.
- Google Hangouts has a similar option under Settings -> SMS.
- LG’s G4 (for example) using LG’s own Messaging application. Under Settings -> Multimedia Messages, you can disable auto-receive.
- Sony’s Xperia Z3 Messaging app has the same option under Settings, called MMS auto download.
- Samsung’s Messages app has the option under More -> Settings -> More Settings -> Multimedia -> Auto Receive.
- Whatsapp Messenger: go to Settings > Chat settings > Media auto-download. Disable all video auto downloads under “When using mobile data,” “When connected on Wi-Fi” and “When roaming.”
- Handcent Next SMS: go to settings>Receive message settings. Disable auto retrieve.
We’ll be following up with Motorola Australia next week on when we’ll see the fix on handsets down under.