Android Mediaserver vulnerability looks similar to the Stagefright bug.
Android owners may recall the Stagefright bug, the “worst ever Android vulnerability yet discovered”. That malware exposed a billion (that’s nearly every) Android device on the face of the earth to malware.
The latest critical bug has similarities to Stagefright, but exists in Android’s mediaserver. Google warns that an attacker could use the bug to remotely run malware hidden in video or audio.
In an announcement published in the Nexus Security Bulletin for January, Google said it has fixed 12 vulnerabilities affecting Android versions 4.4.4 to 6.0.1. Five are rated as critical security bugs. Partners were notified about and provided updates for the issues on December 7, 2015 or earlier, said the post.
“The most severe of these issues is a Critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”
How to protect yourself from the Android bug
At the end of this month, Avast will end product enhancement support for older consumer versions of Avast Antivirus – we will not be ending security support for these products. Customers will continue to receive threat updates and will continue to be fully protected. The versions are 8.0.1497 and lower of the following products: Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and Avast Premier.
People using older versions will continue to receive virus definition updates and be protected. However, we recommend everyone to upgrade to the new version to benefit from better detection rates and new features.
A good antivirus program is a necessity to protect your Windows PC from malware attacks, to keep your computer running smoothly, and to protect your online identity and personal data. Over the past 3 years, Avast engineers have improved our database of known virus definitions, the mechanism in which zero- day and widespread malware are detected, and the frequency of streaming updates sent to our customers. Avast 2015, with its unique Home Network Security feature which scans your home network for potential risks, is our best performing security product yet.
After May 31st, 2015, Avast will no longer provide patches or technical support for versions 8.0.1497 and lower. Please update to the latest version so you can benefit from the enhanced features and higher detection rates that protect your computer from malicious attacks. This update is also recommended because the latest version is compatible with Windows 10.
If you are running an older version of Avast, you can easily move to the latest version of Avast 2015.
How to check for the latest version and do a program update
If you need to update later, here’s a quick way to do it.
- Right click on the orange Avast ball icon in the system tray.
- Select Update from the menu and then click Program.
The update screen in the Avast user interface shows you the overall progress of the program update. When it’s done you will be asked to restart your computer. Click Yes to reboot immediately. Once the computer is restarted, information about the update may appear. If you are using a paid subscription, then your protection will be valid for the remaining period of your subscription.
Why to upgrade
- Better detection rates
- Easier technical support
- We fixed bugs and problems that still might exist on your current version
- Receive further program updates to ensure best protection
If you prefer an older version of Avast and require technical support, you will still receive virus definition updates and be protected, but our support team will ask you to update the product first before we can assist you.
Are you ready to make the move to Windows 8.1? Reviews says that with Windows 8.1, Microsoft made some significant improvements, including restoring the much-missed start button. Make sure that your upgrade experience goes smoothly by installing avast! 2014 first.
Avast! 2014 has Windows 8.1 certification which ensures that it meets compatibility standards and performs well on the Windows platform. Older versions of avast! Antivirus do not carry that certification, so if you update to Windows 8.1, it will disable avast! and you will be unprotected.
Make sure you stay protected when upgrading to Windows 8.1
Update to avast! 2014 before you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here’s how:
- Open the avast! user interface
- Click on the Maintenance tab
- Click Update Program
- The Update screen shows you the overall progress
- When it’s done, you will be asked to restart your computer. Click ‘Yes’ to reboot.
- Once your computer is restarted, you might be asked to install Google Chrome as your default browser. We recommend this safe browser, but you have the option to decline.
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Thanks for being our fan on Facebook. Indeed, we announced a new program update this week for avast! Free Antivirus, avast! Pro Antivirus, and avast! Internet Security to version number 7.0.1473. It’s the last program update before version 8 is released at the beginning of 2013. You can get the new version immediately by invoking the Program Update feature from within the avast! user interface. New users can get it by downloading from the avast! website.
Let me explain a little further: By default, avast! updates the engine and virus definitions automatically whenever a new version is available, but the program update is set to ask you first. You can choose to accept program updates automatically, just like the engine and virus definitions, by clicking on “Settings” then “Updates” and checking “Automatic update.”
Another way to see it is in the Maintenance tab of your program. Click on “Update”, and you can check the current version of both the “Update engine and virus definitions” and the “Program.” You can manually update either by clicking on the green arrow. Normally, clicking on “Update Program” automatically updates both the program and the program engine and virus definitions.
We hope you enjoy the newest version of avast! Antivirus. If you have a question or comment about the new update, please visit our NEW PROGRAM UPDATE 7.0.1473 forum topic.