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07-31-2014 11:19 AM
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(New Mobile Phone '0wnage' Threat Discovered)
By/Kelly Jackson Higgins Posted on July 31 2014
Widespread major vulnerabilities discovered in client control software that affect nearly all smartphone platforms: Details to come at Black Hat USA next week.
Rogue cellular towers and phony base stations long have been a tradition of researchers at Black Hat and DEF CON, who test and demonstrate how they can intercept or manipulate cellphones, but a team of researchers has found a deeper problem of major security vulnerabilities in the client control software running on the majority of mobile phones around the world.
Accuvant Labs researchers Mathew Solnik and Marc Blanchou -- who will provide details and demonstrations of their findings next week at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas -- say they found a variety of serious flaws in the software that sits on Android, BlackBerry, and Apple iOS smartphones and embedded devices that handle everything from firmware, cell network baseband parameters, CDMA settings, and LTE settings, to device-wiping, Bluetooth, GPS, encryption, software activation, and battery monitoring, among other functions
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