In light of Google being forced to reissue a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability after the initial fix failed, Tod Beardsley, security engineering manager, Rapid7 has provided the following comment.
“The problem Google is facing is not so much shipping security vulnerabilities in popular software products, everyone ships bugs, it happens. The real problem we’re seeing today is a break down in the Android patch pipeline.
In this case, two critical components of Google’s vulnerability handling process are failing. First, it is extremely difficult for Google, or anyone else, to get updated software into the hands of users. Even Nexus devices, which Google has the most direct control over, will have to wait until a Septemeber release for an update to the insufficient Stagefright patch. This lag time between having a fix in hand and distributing it to the user base is simply too slow to be reasonably safe. If malicious actors choose to exploit this set of vulnerabilities in the meantime, there seems to be nothing everyday users can do to defend themselves.
The other break down in the Stagefright feedback process was Google’s handling of Exodus’s alert about the flawed patch, by not responding in a timely way. Many companies struggle with first contact with researchers reporting vulnerabilities, but this is not Google’s first rodeo. After all, Google’s Project Zero report out vulnerabilities to other major vendors routinely with certain expectations on communication. They need to be able to practice what they preach a little better in this area if Android users are to be confident in Google’s stewardship of the codebase.”
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