Nexus phones, and four Sprint Samsung phones, get the first Stagefright fixes

Sprint may be dead last among the top four when it comes to subscribers, but it's leading the pack at patching the Stagefright exploit.

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Credit: Zimperium Security

Sprint pushed out several updates Tuesday that patch the exploit caused by the rather nasty Stagefright vulnerability.

Following up on a fix to the Galaxy Note 4 last week, Sprint now has updates ready for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, and Note Edge. You can look specifically for the LMY48I update if you have a Nexus device.

Google should be rolling out the update to Nexus 5 and 6 phones beginning today, as well. Other Nexus phones should follow soon.

Head to the Sprint update page for more specifics about the other phones, though you should expect to get a notification for an over-the-air update soon if one hasn’t popped up already.

The story behind the story: Stagefright is one of the worst security flaws to hit Android because it’s so simple for an attacker to implement. Theoretically, anyone with your phone number and the know-how to exploit the security flaw could send a malicious MMS message and compromise your device. Fortunately, there haven’t been any major reports of attacks, but it’s a worrisome problem.

If you don’t have a patch yet, follow these steps to protect yourself from Stagefright until your manufacturer or network gets on the ball.

This news is also a bright spot for Sprint, which recently fell to fourth behind T-Mobile for the number of subscribers in the U.S.

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