The Stagefright vulnerability was publicly announced on July 27 and affects all Android versions starting with Froyo, which currently has a market share of 0.3 percent, according to the latest data from Google. Although a few niche products have been patched already (Blackphone's PrivatOS, CyanogenMod, Mozilla Firefox), it seems that Sprint is the first major carrier in the US to patch this vulnerability.
Sprint has just released an update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet that solves a few minor problems, brings the Android version up to 5.1.1, also patching the Stagefright bug. According to recent reports, this issue affects over a billion devices and allows hackers to take over with a text message or after the target downloads an infected app.
The update is quite large, having over 615 MB. The details mention stability improvements, bug fixes, new/enhanced features, as well as "further improvements to performance." Although Google has sent patches to manufacturers and carriers already, it seems like the big names on the market are not as fast as they should be.
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