Turns out Android 4.4.2 also patched up Nexus devices’ nasty SMS vulnerability [CHANGELOG]


Nexus 5 Phandrizzle

A few weeks ago we told you guys about a nasty little vulnerability on Nexus devices that, if exploited, could cause some headaches as a result. Things like connectivity issues, to freezing and random reboots could all be achieved after receiving a malicious Flash SMS on your Nexus. While this didn’t sound like anything other than some general mischief, the implications were that, if left unresolved, could leave a device open to far more sinister attacks by would-be hackers.

KOT49H (4.4.2_r1) AOSP changelog:

  • 567ea11 : Fix OOBE crash/DoS after receiving 0-byte WAP push.
  • 3574026 : Reduce logging of flattened Preferences
  • d00f7cd : Android denial of service attack using class 0 SMS messages
  • 37f06a4 : Put fragment in specific activity’s whitelist
Well, according to the now posted changelog by Funky Android (using a script created by our old friend, JBQ), we now have a better idea of exactly what changed between Android 4.4.1, and Android 4.4.2. We already knew the most PR friendly new addition was, of course, the improved camera performance in the Nexus 5. But it looks like you can also expect 4.4.2 to fix that SMS vulnerability as well. All’s well that ends well.
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Google listens. I’m glad they’ve been pretty quick with updates and such. It’s good to see that this Nexus 5 was worth getting. Thought I’m eyeing this Samsung Galaxy J…

    1. Been eyeing the same phone…. :P

    2. Been eyeing the same phone. Curse this Android addiction! >_<

      1. Galaxy J, will it work overseas here in the US?

        1. I think so, i wish there was more information on it. So far on ebay they only offer pink, blue, and black. and from some carrier domkomoto? It says unlocked, but I’m not sure how it works in japan. But the Samsung Galaxy J’s specs are beautiful.

    3. you enjoy those pretty quick updates? stick with Nexus…

      1. I’ll always have my nexus, its just I always have a second phone handy and right now its my GS4 GPE. and a moto X :D

  2. Just got the 4.2.2 OTA on my Nexus 4!

    1. Well congratulations! You got a nearly one year old update today on your Nexus! Well done :D

  3. Pretty unhappy with the nexus 5. Bought one and it had a ugly yellow tint on the screen. And to make matters worse after an week it had 2 day pixels on the acreen . I guess you get what you pay for

    1. Damn that sucks! Couldn’t be happier with mine..best phone I’ve owned to date. Now my Nexus 4 was a different story. Had a terrible experience with faulty batteries. Kept having to replace my phone. Guess it’s luck of the draw. Hit Google up and get a replacement.

      1. I sent it back I’ll get another one and hope its better because I really like the phone itself and how fast it is

    2. Should have returned it because it seems you got a bad egg.

    3. You got a bad device. It happens. With production of that magnitude there are always going to be lemons. With the price you paid for the N5 you got way more than you paid for had you purchased any other device.

  4. i got my 4.4.2 yesterday. i played a bit of music and my battery DRAINED so hard. but i plugged it into the charger and it charged super fast. has anything similar to this happened to anyone else?

    1. My Battery has been garbage since the 4.4.2 update. I did a factory reset today, going to give it a couple more days hopefully it gets better

      1. If it’s Google search or services killing your battery it’s a bug in the location settings that cause it.

  5. It charges on the lgg2 wireless carger

  6. what about the video recording issue… that its grey with no sound

  7. To me the sms restart problems started AFTER 4.4.2 update. That sucks big time…

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