Nokia ‘Curse of Silence’ SMS bug prevents Symbian phones from receiving SMS

Jan 2, 2009
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Nokia ‘Curse of Silence’ SMS bug prevents Symbian phones from receiving SMS

Many phones running the popular Symbian S60 operations system can be partially disabled by a malicious coded text message. Many Nokia handsets such as the N95, N79, and E71 just to name a few. This curse is being called “The Curse of Silence.”

Apparently Symbian S60 has a glitch in the way it handles text messages, when a user uses more than 32 characters and includes a small identifier that marks a message as “Internet Electronic Mail” it will trigger this glitch. When triggered the handset will automatically stop receiving SMS messages without letting the user know until you restore the device.

This rare occurrence can easily be carried out and effect any phone running S60 versions 2.6-3.1, which unfortunately consists of a large number of Nokia’s handset line. Tobias Engel and the Chaos Computer club are responsible for finding this bug and reported the details to Nokia a few weeks ago and there still has been no patch to fix the issue. Check below to see if your phone is one of the affected.

S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1 (S60 3.1):
Nokia E90 Communicator
Nokia E71
Nokia E66
Nokia E51
Nokia N95 8GB
Nokia N95
Nokia N82
Nokia N81 8GB
Nokia N81
Nokia N76
Nokia 6290
Nokia 6124 classic
Nokia 6121 classic
Nokia 6120 classic
Nokia 6110 Navigator
Nokia 5700 XpressMusic

S60 3rd Edition, initial release (S60 3.0):
Nokia E70
Nokia E65
Nokia E62
Nokia E61i
Nokia E61
Nokia E60
Nokia E50
Nokia N93i
Nokia N93
Nokia N92
Nokia N91 8GB
Nokia N91
Nokia N80
Nokia N77
Nokia N73
Nokia N71
Nokia 5500
Nokia 3250

S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 3 (S60 2.8):
Nokia N90
Nokia N72
Nokia N70

S60 2nd Edition, Feature Pack 2 (S60 2.6):
Nokia 6682
Nokia 6681
Nokia 6680
Nokia 6630


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