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Vulnerability On The Latest Symbian Operating System

  • 06 June, 2008 15:28

<p>It is now possible for mobile phone hackers to bypass the security system of the Symbian OS 9 based S60 3rd Edition phones with a mobile application. Symbian OS 9 based S60 3rd Edition is the market-leading open operating system for mobile phones.</p>
<p>The newly developed hack is a so-called privilege escalation hack. This means that hackers can get unauthorized access to the phone’s file system, which is normally protected. With this access system modifications can be made.</p>
<p>Hacks directed towards the S60 3rd Edition have been evolving for some time. What makes this case different is that the new hack can be carried out without external devices or system knowledge by installing just one mobile application that is downloadable from the web.</p>
<p>Because the application can be considered as a hacking application, it is classified by F-Secure as riskware. F-Secure Mobile Security software identifies this application and removes it.</p>
<p>Commenting on the vulnerability, Jarno Niemelä, Senior Mobile Virus Researcher at F-Secure, said, “The application needs to be installed by the user, so this hacking tool is not a threat to the average mobile user. Because the application lets a user access the file system, we consider this as a security risk. Mobile virus source code could be updated to work on 3rd Edition phones and with the addition of this privilege escalation, hackers could do pretty much the same things as they do on 2nd Edition phones.”</p>
<p>More information about the S60 3rd edition vulnerability at the F-Secure weblog:</p>
<p>F-Secure Mobile Security solution enables smartphone users to enjoy the full potential of their devices without the fear of mobile threats. The application combines real-time antivirus and antispyware functionality with a firewall, ensuring complete protection in today’s connected lives.</p>
<p>F-Secure Mobile Security can be subscribed from selected mobile operators as a service, purchased directly from the F-Secure eStore at:, or bought from resellers worldwide.</p>
<p>About F-Secure Corporation</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation protects consumers and businesses against computer viruses and other threats from the Internet and mobile networks. F-Secure’s award-winning solutions are available as a service subscription through more than 160 Internet service providers and mobile operator partners around the world, making F-Secure the global leader in this market. The solutions are also available as licensed products through thousands of resellers globally. The company aspires to be the most reliable security provider, helping to make computer and smartphone users’ connected lives safe and easy. This is substantiated by the company’s independently proven ability to respond faster to new threats than its main competitors. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Finland, F-Secure has been listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki since 1999. The company has consistently been one of the fastest growing publicly listed companies in the industry. The latest news on real-time virus threat scenarios is available at the F-Secure Data Security Lab weblog at</p>

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