Linked by David Adams on Wed 14th Dec 2011 15:41 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Privacy, Security, Encryption A malicious message sent to Windows Phone's message hub can disable the handset in a manner reminiscent of the "nuking" attack from the Windows 95 days. At the point the bad message is received, the phone reboots, and worst of all, it appears that the message hub application is permanently disabled. Back when people used to only use their phones to call and text, you'd perhaps think that having your phone reboot on you would be no big deal. But these days I find myself often as not composing some important missive.
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I recently read an article in the IEEE Megazine ( about how the SMS messaging is basically the best point to find a flaw. The article talks only about iOS and Android because every other application Sandboxes. This means that the hackers have to find two flaws. So the easiest way is to attack the SMS and GSM to gain control. It also talks about how they will use DEP and ASLR to help prevent the attacks. So hackers will be able to find flaws the problem is that they won't really be able to exploit them due to the vulnerabilities. I guess my point was that the flaws will exists but the probably of actually making a huge impact like we see on PC is low.

Edited 2011-12-14 22:33 UTC

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