Amazon’s Stagefright patch incomplete — All Fire TVs remain vulnerable

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Last week I wrote about how Amazon patched the Stagefright vulnerability with the Fire TV 51.1.6.1 and Fire TV Stick 54.1.2.1 software updates. It now appears that Amazon, Google, and the security firm which first discovered the Stagefright vulnerability have all missed an additional library which contains the Stagefright vulnerability. The latest Fire TV software version, 51.1.6.2, and the latest Fire TV Stick software version, 54.1.2.2, both contain this newly discovered unpatched library. Meaning, all Fire TVs and Fire TV sticks are still vulnerable to the Stagefright bug, regardless of which software version they are currently on. Read more ›

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The Current State of Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick Rootability

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You may have heard of a new Android vulnerability called Stagefright. It affects most Android devices, including the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and may lead to a new rooting method in the future. Here is a rundown of the current rootability state of each Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software version, as well as what can and can’t be done with each software version if a new rooting method comes out using the Stagefright vulnerability. Read more ›

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Amazon patched Stagefright Vulnerability in Fire TV devices prior to Public Announcement

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The Stagefright vulnerability in Android that has been in the news lately was patched on both the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick via the latest software updates that began rolling out around the middle of last month. The Stagefright bug was publicly announced on July 27th, which means Amazon had prior knowledge of the bug in order to have released their fix a week earlier on July 19th. Google was informed of the Android vulnerability in April, so they likely informed Amazon through private channels before the bug’s public announcement. Read more ›

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