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A new bug dubbed “Curse of Silence” is creating problems on some Nokia (NYSE: NOK) handsets. The bug exploits the way that Series 60 handset…

A new bug dubbed “Curse of Silence” is creating problems on some Nokia (NYSE: NOK) handsets. The bug exploits the way that Series 60 handsets handle messages that appear to be from e-mail addresses, and phones running S60 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 or 3.1 can be prevented from receiving any more SMS until they go through a “factory reset,” which wipes out
everything. It’s not a particularly dangerous bug since it does little more than inconvenience the victim (possibly to a great extent, admittedly) while not giving the attacker any significant benefit. However, it doesn’t even need to be an attack — apparently any message from an e-mail with more than 32 characters will trip the bug — my main personal e-mail has 29 characters. I imagine the biggest threat will come from pranksters. The issue is raised by Cat Keynes at El Reg, who says that Nokia has known about the bug for a while and done nothing, and it sounds like it would be relatively easy to fix.

  1. It is chilly in Scandinavia with the renaissance of Apple.

  2. Nokia Employee Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    This is not the case . This does not occur in all of the S60 versions that you have described. Although I cannot validate some of the older 2.6 and 2.8 versions, that does mean that it does happen. This definitely does not occur in 3.1 and 3.0.

    It seems that there should be some fact checking before reporting.

  3. James Quintana Pearce Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    I'm going by what Tobias Engel demonstrated — in the video the 3.0 is the first one demonstrated.

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