Microsoft Gets to the Bottom of SMS Crash Bug; Fix In Development

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A couple weeks back, we became aware of a particularly nasty bug affecting Windows phone devices, where a malicious message sent to your phone could end up crippling it. Shortly after the exploit received publicity, Microsoft announced that it was aware of the problem and was looking into it. The company has since been in contact with the smartphone enthusiast who first discovered the issue, informing him that they’ve been able to determine the cause of the bug, and are currently working on testing a fix.

The bug in question is triggered when the phone receives a message containing a specially-crafted string. Since the details of the attack remain private for now (hopefully we’ll get the full picture once a fix is available) we don’t know exactly how this string manages to so thoroughly break the OS, but it manages to do so regardless of if the attack arrived courtesy of SMS, Facebook, or Windows Live Messenger.

There’s no word on just when, or how that fix might arrive, but we’re nevertheless glad to know that it sounds like this bug is finally about to be eliminated.

Source: Khaled Salameh

Via: WPCentral

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!