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Re: Siemens *35 and 45 series phones SMS Danial of Service
From: Robert Waldner <rw () coretec at>
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 09:53:33 +0100
On Mon, 03 Mar 2003 23:46:09 +0100, Jan Niehusmann writes:
On Mon, Mar 03, 2003 at 01:06:43AM -0000, subj subj wrote:
To vulnerability are subject: All versions siemens *35 and *45.
languages from the phone language selection menu, will
completely disable *35 series phones and result
in a 2 minute read delay on *45 series phones. Note that
Please note that this vulnerability isn't as serious as you describe it.
At least on my S45, I am able to interrupt this 2 minute delay at any
time by pressing the 'hang up' key (but I have to press it for about half a
second instead of just hitting it), the message can be read by using
'edit message' instead of 'read message', and it can be deleted without
So while this obviously is a bug, it can hardly be called a DoS.
However, my S35i is _completely_ disabled, just as the original poster
described, no luck with just pressing the "hang up"-key, one has to
yank the battery out. Also, there is no "Edit Message" available until
after one reads a message, and thus disables the phone.
Please also note that if you append something to the "%String", the bug
no longer hits (for my S35i, that is). Most web->sms - gateways append
some signature to SMSs, and thus, by sheer luck, can't be used to exploit
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