Sep 28, 2015

What does Stagefright do to hack Android phones?

Stagefright has been reported as a significant security risk to Android users. I’ve heard that it grants the hackers’ root access. How does Stagefright compromise security?
Stagefright is referring to libStageFright feature within the Android OS responsible for video and some audio file processing. Stagefright is a legit Android component, but it can be exploited. It has a little lower level of system permissions then root, but very close to it. Potentially an attacker can utilize media or system permissions on your phone to get access to the device.
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