Asus this week released a large set of updates for their Zenfone 2, among them are improvements in the UI stability as well some fixes for other problems present in the phone as the Camera Photo Sphere mode and Alarm problems. But moreover a fix worth of a mention, the correction for Stagefright exploit.
In the last month a security company called Zimperium announced that they had uncovered a big vulnerability present in Android, More details about the hazard were publicly disclosed at the BlackHat conference early in this month. However approximately a billion of Android devices could potentially be taken over without their users even knowing it.
“What is Stagefright?”
The “Stagefright” name is given to a potential exploit that lives deep inside Android. The problem is that a video sent via MMS (text message) could be theoretically used as an avenue of attack through the libStageFright mechanism, used by Android to process video files. Many text messaging apps automatically process that video so it’s ready for viewing as soon as you open the message, and so the attack theoretically could happen without you even knowing it. Because libStageFright dates back to Android 2.2, hundreds of millions of phones contain this flawed library.
Other OEMs as Xiaomi have already delivered fixes for the issue, but some other even bigger companies have not said a word yet about the problem. So it’s really good to see the fix coming from Asus in a short time. You can check out a summary list of fixes and additions present on this latest update below:
- Fix WIFI info sync-up issue
- Improve System UI and lock screen stability
- Improve Launcher App stability
- Fix Alarm function issue after set up in Snap View mode
- Improve Task Manager
- Optimize Multi user and Do not disturb mode function stability
- Fix camera sphere panorama issue
- Improve Auto Start Manager stability
- Fixed when AC removed, UI still shows in charge mode.
The update is now available to be downloaded, trough your phones Settings. If you have already received the update, you can leave some feedback here, how it’s working for you?