By Marin Perez
August 12, 2008
A security researcher said he has discovered serious vulnerabilities in
the mobile Java technology on some Nokia (NYSE: NOK) handsets, but his
method of raising awareness of this bug is potentially controversial.
Security researcher Adam Gowdiak, who is setting up the security company
Security Explorations, said he's found 14 vulnerabilities in Java 2
Micro Edition (J2ME) that could allow hackers to attack Nokia's Series
Gowdiak told InformationWeek he provided Sun Microsystems (NSDQ: JAVA)
and Nokia with a briefing of the vulnerabilities he's uncovered. But
he's charging the companies 20,000 euros, or about $29,870, to get the
rest of the 178-page report detailing the security flaws, including two
The Nokia Series 40 is a proprietary platform that operates the majority
of the company's midrange handsets. This means that potentially hundreds
of millions of devices are at risk, Gowdiak said.
With only the phone number, an attacker could send a series of messages
that could exploit the flaw by putting malicious Java applications on
the handset. This could allow the hacker to make calls, access the SIM
card, record conversations, and install applications on the handset
without the owner's knowledge, Gowdiak said.
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