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[PCWorld] Google Nexus phones vulnerable to denial-of-service attack via SMS

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Just got a Nexus 5 and already its vulernerable to the nasty stuff! ...Double----> doh.gif
    
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Seems like an easy fix to me. Isn't there an option normally to deny more than like 50 messages in one minute?
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Could be worse. If you had a non-Nexus Android phone you'd have to wait 6-15 months for an update to fix that.
    
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I'm surprised people even consider mobile devices 'secured'. I'm not even talking about this because I'm talking in general. This isn't a big deal to me.
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I do hope the publicity get Google to implement a fix soon. They might be slacking because there is no default way to send Flash SMS(the only type of SMS that triggers this problem) on android(you have to find a SMS app and use that to do it), but that is still inexcusable.

Update: Here is the same news reported on AndroidPolice.com including a firewall app to protect you from Flash/Class 0 SMS attack like this
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Alecu first notified The Android Security Team to the issue over a year ago, but initially received only automated responses. Continued efforts were mostly unsuccessful, leading to the decision to disclose the vulnerability publicly. To mitigate potential threats, he collaborated with Michael Mueller to develop Class0Firewall, an app designed to protect from Class 0 messages if they reach the threshold of becoming a denial-of-service attack.

Edited by sherlock - 11/29/13 at 11:53am
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This seems odd. How do you even send a flash SMS message?
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