A group of Israeli researchers reckon they’ve cracked the challenge of crafting a reliable exploit for the Stagefright vulnerability that emerged in Android last year.
In a PDF, that was basically a cookbook on how to build the exploit for yourself, has suggested millions of unpatched Android devices are vulnerable to their design, which bypasses Android’s security defenses. According to what we have found out, visiting a hacker’s web page is enough to trigger a system compromise.
These days, there is no piece of infosec that has not got a name associated a name to it. The paper, written by Hanan Be’er of North-Bit, dubs the implementation of the Stagefright exploit “Metaphor.”
Talking of Stagefright, it is basically a software library that is used by Android to parse videos and other media and it can be exploited by trapping a message or web page to execute malicious code on exposed devices.