Thursday, 6 August 2015

Android Virus (Stagefright: Vulnerability Details, Stagefright Detector tool released)

The Stagefright vulnerability has been one of the hottest topics of discussion in the security industry since it was announced. In order to provide a detailed insight into the vulnerability and ease of exploitation, zLabs VP of Platform Research and Exploitation, Joshua Drake (@jduck) prepared the video below that demonstrates the attack.
You can watch the Stagefright demo video on ICS here:

Sunday, 2 August 2015

PSA: You Can Optimize Your Note 4’s Recents Menu & RAM

The Note 4 never had the fastest Recents Menu, and despite its 3GB of RAM, its app-holding capabilities only got worse on Lollipop. The infamous RAM bug that plagued the S6 is indeed an annoyance on the Note 4’s 5.0.X ROMs. Rumors of an update to fix all of this were confirmed with the first reports of the 5.1.1 update for the Russian Note 4, which seemingly improved the Recents Menu and RAM management.
But it’ll be a long time before every region and every carrier variant receives this version, and until then, we are left with few ways to fix this. The Galaxy S6 saw its RAM management fixed with a simple build.prop edit. It turns out that the fix can be ported to the Note 4 as well, practically line-by-line, to achieve a very similar effect plus extra optimization. You can find a guide on how to do it on this XDA thread, which took after this Reddit thread. I suggest you read both threads before jumping in, but you will see that applying the fix is rather easy:

Saturday, 1 August 2015

First press renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+

It was about time we got treated to a few official images of Samsung's upcoming high-end phablets - after all the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ is scheduled for less than two weeks from now on August 13, and how tight of a seal can you keep on those leaks?
The press renders in question come courtesy of @evleaks, and given his track record and previous live images, which popped up here and there, you can bet they are the real thing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 sports a bolder controls design, it's capacitive Task switcher/Back buttons nearly twice as large as those on the Galaxy S6 edge+. The thin bezels also catch our eye, and the groove in the top of the S-Pen keeps entertaining our minds, trying to figure out if it will be clickable or not.