Friday, 29 November 2013

Nexus smartphones can reportedly be forced to reboot through SMS attack

Nexus smartphones can reportedly be forced to reboot through SMS attack
Nov 29th 2013, 17:19, by Jacob Kastrenakes

The latest Nexus smartphones can be forced to restart, freeze, or lose network connection because of an issue with the way they handle a certain type of SMS message, reports PC World. Security researcher Bogdan Alecu reportedly discovered that the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, and the Nexus 5 all contain a vulnerability that can allow attackers to interrupt use of the phone. By sending a Nexus phone around 30 flash SMS messages — a message type that's immediately displayed on the screen and requires action — an attacker can cause the phone to malfunction, frequently restarting or losing its data connection when the messages aren't promptly dismissed.

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