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Nokia phones don’t like SMS

Various models of Nokia phones are susceptible to a remote exploit by receiving a specially crafted SMS. Phones running Symbian 8 through 9.2 and S60 v2.61 through 3.1, SonyEricsson phones running UIQ are also exploitable.

The attack is “invisible” to the user and causes various problems including the phone refusing to accept further SMS messages and general instability. Soft resetting the phone doesn’t help either, though some versions will work again after a factory reset (which means all user data is lost).

The flaw was reported by the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

By Steve Kennedy

I have over 20 years' experience in the Telecoms/Internet/Mobile industries. I was involved with internet in the UK before it had a commercial presence, internet streaming from its beginning (he was the first UK Real Networks customer), and set-up the first Internet Dance Radio Station (Gaialive.com). I was also involved with the first netcast of BigBrother (UK).

I am an acknowledged "independent Industry expert" and uses those abilities in consulting and working with a number of investment partners on various projects. I also am a freelance journalist writing on technology subjects.

I'm also a Director of UKEC Ltd - the UK ENUM Consortium that is the governing body for ENUM in the UK.

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