How to crash a Windows mobile using MMS

Security researchers have released proof-of-concept code that exploits vulnerabilities in MMS implementations in mobile phones running mobile versions of Windows. The vulnerability was discovered six months ago by security researcher Collin Mulliner, who published the exploit at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin last week in a bid to force manufacturers to deal with the issue.

The flaw involves buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) protocol in MMS messages. As a result long MMS messages appended with malware may crash phones in such a way as to deposit hostile code in the memory of targeted devices. The IPAQ 6315 and i-mate PDA2k are confirmed as vulnerable but other devices running Pocket PC 2003 and Windows Smartphone 2003 are also likely to be at risk of attack using the technique.

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News source: The Reg

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Sometimes my Windows Mobile Phone just reboots on its own.. like when i'm watching tv all of the sudden my phones reboots and i'm like wtf!

This story doesn't say one way or the other, but was this information given to Microsoft when it was discovered 6 months ago? At least that would be more responsible than what the Quicktime exploit people are doing.

It sounds like he may have informed Microsoft, if he waited 6 months, then released the information publicly a week ago.

lol - as a windows mobile user I could list a thousand ways to 'crash a windows mobile':


Turn on the Camera
Open A Text Message
Try to do 2 things at once
Try to set it to standby
and so on...

lwebster_2000 said,
lol - as a windows mobile user I could list a thousand ways to 'crash a windows mobile':


Turn on the Camera
Open A Text Message
Try to do 2 things at once
Try to set it to standby
and so on...

pmsl

lwebster_2000 said,
lol - as a windows mobile user I could list a thousand ways to 'crash a windows mobile':


Turn on the Camera
Open A Text Message
Try to do 2 things at once
Try to set it to standby
and so on...

So true, so true! I was just saying the exact same thing when I saw the title of the article. Hell, I can just press the power button to turn it on to crash it!