Curse of Silence exploit curses S60 handsets… with silence

By on December 31, 2008 at 10:35 AM.

Curse of Silence exploit curses S60 handsets… with silence

Can you imagine the response at the F-Secure offices? Woweeee, people might finally have a reason to buy our S60 app! A group in Germany by the name of Chaos Computer Club has discovered a pretty major vulnerability in the S60 OS that allows an attacker to disable incoming SMS ans MMS on a remote device. The exploit, a DoS attack of sorts, is very simple to take advantage of and for the time being, the only way to block an attack would be to have an SMS-blocking application installed and set to only accept messages from a white list. Here’s how the exploit works in a nutshell:

Emails can be sent via SMS by setting the messages Protocol Identifier to “Internet Electronic Mail” and formatting the message like this:

[email-address][space][message body]

If such messages contain an with more than 32 characters, S60 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 and 3.1 devices are not able to receive other SMS or MMS messages anymore. 2.6 and 3.0 devices lock up after only one message, 2.8 and 3.1 devices after 11 messages.

Yep, it’s that easy. Chaos Computer Club is not a malicious group and as such, it had brought the Curse of Silence to the attention of Nokia and GSM carriers long before the internet caught wind of it. We’re still waiting for word on whether or not the issue has been addressed by either Nokia (through recent firmware updates) or by various carriers (by blocking messages with the COS formatting). We can tell you one thing though, we’re not testing it on our handsets!

[Via Unwired View]

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T-Mobile announces the Cameo

By on October 7, 2008 at 3:01 AM.

T-Mobile announces the Cameo

T-Mobile is launching a new device and service that could be hit or miss (we’re going with miss). It’s not a phone or phone accessory of any kind, but it’s a digital picture frame that will have a SIM card and phone number. Kinda stupid, right? The reason it’s not the brightest idea is because it costs $10 a month for the service – not to mention the cost of the device itself which is at a pricey $100. The picture frame will have a SIM card and its own number and the pictures will arrive via MMS. So, if you’re shooting it with your lowly 2.0 megapixel camera, don’t expect stunning quality. Calling it the “Cameo” (for its assumed brief appearance on the market), a consumer will be able to take a picture from their phone, send it to the picture frame, and it will pop up on display. While it’s a novel idea, there’s no reason they couldn’t have made it a Wi-Fi capable device and just send pictures via email or Internet. Here are some specs for this new… whatever you wanna call it:

  • High-resolution digital TFT screen with 720 x 480 pixels
  • Displays photos with 262 144 colours
  • Display dimensions: 130 x 87 mm
  • Connections:
    • GPRS Class 10 (dual band) for transferring photos from a phone
    • Mini USB port (for transferring photos from a PC)
    • SD/MMC card slot (for transferring photos directly from a camera)
  • Receives MMS messages
  • Photo format: JPEG and GIF
  • Stores up to 500 photos
  • Automatically adapts the picture size to the screen
  • Brightness adjustment
  • Automatically rotates the picture (portrait/landscape)
  • Adjustable backlight (manual or automatic)
  • External frame with an interchangeable leather surroundMemory cards accepted:
    SD, miniSD (with adapter), microSD (with adapter), MMC, RS-MMC (with adapter), MMC plus, MMC mobile (with adapter), MMC micro (with adapter), SDHC, mini SDHC (with adapter).

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JuiceCaster Tries to Fill iPhone MMS Gap with Flutter

By on September 15, 2008 at 10:52 AM.

JuiceCaster Tries to Fill iPhone MMS Gap with Flutter

First off, we have to say that we’re pretty impressed that Apple even let this application through to the App Store. Whatever the case may be, rejoice iPhone owners as you can finally [sort of] have some MMS love on your handsets without the need to jailbreak. Flutter doesn’t really provide “MMS” as video and audio messages are not supported and the app isn’t yet capable of receiving messages. Instead, it allows users to send image messages to any phonebook contact and even geotag the photos if they so choose. Users may choose an existing photo within the iPhone’s camera roll or snap a new pic right from within the app. Geolocation data can then be added and the picture will be whisked away to any recipient in the user’s phonebook. So there you have it folks, at least it’s a start. Oh and by the way, Flutter is completely free. Woo! Maybe some day Apple will get around to adding this amazingly sophisticated functionality itself so developers can stop messing around with these makeshift band aids and stick to the good stuff. Until then, Flutter is already available from the app store so head on over and give it a go.

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Alltel Adds Messaging to My Circle

By on June 30, 2008 at 1:08 PM.

Alltel Adds Messaging to My Circle

Sure, you probably want to put Chad and his wizard friend through a wall just like us, but it’s hard to deny that Alltel has a pretty solid wireless offering. Its My Circle calling feature in fact is likely one of the most attractive plan enhancements on the market here in the US. Now Alltel has upped the ante with the addition of My Circle messaging packs that can be added to any My Circle plan. My Circle messaging is indeed exactly what you would imagine is; unlimited SMS and MMS messaging to anyone in your circle. There are two flavors of My Circle messaging packs available. The first is $7.99 and includes an additional 400 SMS / MMS per month for people outside of your Circle and the second is $12.99 while includes 1,000 SMS / MMS. Beyond these new additions, Alltel still offers unlimited messaging and mobile web for $20 per month. Chief Marketing Officer Frank O’Mara’s snippet:

Alltel’s ‘My Circle’ provides customers the ultimate in choice and value by giving them the ability to call or text any five, 10 or 20 numbers. Whether talking or texting, our new “My Circle” message packs provide customers the most cost-effective plans for staying in touch with friends, families and business associates.

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Internal AT&T Memo Indicates Groundbreaking iPhone 3G Feature: MMS

By on June 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM.

Internal AT&T Memo Indicates Groundbreaking iPhone 3G Feature: MMS

Check this out. New reports are coming in that a very interesting memo is currently circulating internally at AT&T. Said memo reportedly lists a variety of features that will supposedly be included on the upcoming iPhone 3G. Among them is an exciting new service that – get this – allows you to send SMS-like messages that include multimedia attachments. Imagine! The service, cleverly named Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) supposedly allows users to attach one or more image, audio file or even video and deliver the message along with text. The recipient of the message will then see and / or hear the multimedia on his or her mobile. Nutty. None of this is confirmed as of yet, but how sweet would it be if a mobile phone had functionality like this?! Oh Apple, you’ve done it again! Next thing you know we’ll find out that Apple has figured out a way to copy text from one place and paste it to another. Ok, that’s just crazy talk.

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