Amazon Fire TV Update Makes Streaming Safer
Posted By Daina Cherian | 12-Oct-2018
There was a time when Apple TV and Roku were the leading set-top boxes, but not anymore. A new player entered the market vying for the mercurial attention of the people—the Amazon Fire TV.
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So what is this update?
The new software update 18.104.22.168 allows additional security for the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) connections.
This bug was detected only when the services subscribed were taking too much time to load because it caused the hardware to focus on other tasks. Moreover, once the worm infected a device, it can locate other devices that were ADB enabled and alter their ADB connections to spread itself.
Though the good news is that the 22.214.171.124 update allows you to accept or reject ADB connections. The latest Fire TV units including the Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 come installed with this software update. The Amazon Fire TV models produced before 2017, however, did not have this feature, exposing the users to the critical security flaw. To put all worries to rest, this new update has now been rolled out to the older models as well, securing them from the malware worm.
With the new Fire OS update, all models of the Fire TV will now request the permission of the user to allow any ADB connection. Any other connection trying to establish itself with your device will first have to be granted permission for it to make any changes. So you should now be able to deny any connection request when a connection is prompted on your Fire TV device that hasn’t been initiated by you. In fact, this can also be an indication that your network might be connected to an infected device which you can fix later.
In the revolution of Streaming Media Players, Amazon has created a stronger foothold with the introduction of this update