Security researcher discovers SMS attack vulnerability in all newer Nexus smartphones

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Dec 1, 2013
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  1. Security researcher Bogdan Alecu recently discovered that newer Nexus smartphones like the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4 and the just-released Nexus 5 are all susceptible to an SMS attack that can lock the handset up, reboot it or make it...

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  2. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I love my Droid 4, its a great phone. But the Android OS's are all junk and about as insecure as a device gets, even with virus protection installed.
  3. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Maniac Posts: 244   +174

    Just thought I'd test out my brand new Nexus 5 and what's the first article I read?

  4. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Android junk? I don't see huge amount of breaches happening anyway. Loop holes can always be found. Don't download *****ic software, remember to turn of Bluetooth when not being used and you don't even need AVS to hog up all the resources.
  5. @ amstech: There isn't even a point in debating with you, clearly you have no idea what you're talking about.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    How dare people express opinions.
  7. @ amstech

    What OS is more secure? WP and iOS? If so, how do you know they are more secure? You don't, you don't know anything about any OS so why talk?
  8. People, you just don't understand! Android is an OPEN system. It doesn't only mean that it's bloated and slow, but also open to all threats. That's what open means, anyway. It's freedom! And democracy. If you are too uneducated - then go to the commie gay fanboy stupid closed proprietary limited regime of Apple. And don't let your uneducated opinions prevent innovation.
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Android is open 'source'. It means the source code is available to everyone. There are pros and cons to each system. The benefit of open source is that the entire community (that understands the inner workings of the code) can theoretically work to fix the issues faster. The benefit of closed source, such as iOS, is that the owner has greater control over the project and presumably has hired professionals that really know their way around the code.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,671   +413

    ANY OS is open to threats of any type unless of course you aint online with it.
  11. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    And you don't share files with anyone, ever.
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Flash messages refers to (I believe) the 'broadcast' or 'emergency' SMS format. Usually this happens in situations like a tornado, where emergency services alert everyone of current events. The message appears as a pop-up because of importance.

    Most telco's in Australia either don't use the format or it's unsupported.
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,671   +413

    I do from trusted friends.
  14. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    I'm just a professional IT Specialist with a couple certifications, AOS degree and 15+ years experience in management information systems who has owned a couple droids; what would I know?
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    We can only hope the damn things will lock up while the people using them are driving their cars. Then maybe they'll at least have to shut up and put it down for a while.

    God, when I read that back to myself, it seems naively optimistic.
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I think smartphones are becoming very dangerous distraction, personally I would support locking everyone up for a week who is using their smartphone while driving!
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,002   +2,532

    I fixed the tense of the verb for ya there....;)
    St1ckM4n likes this.

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