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Malware via SMS Text

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RussellMania:
Can you really be infected just by receiving a text message. I read that if you receive a square text message, it will infect your Iphone and Android devices. How is something like this possible. How is a text message able to run code without the user doing anything.

Curson:
Hi RussellMania,

Yes, this is possible if the message is crafted in such a way to be able to exploit vulnerabilities in the software used to receive SMS messages and to use them to gain access to you phone system.
However, if you keep your applications and system updated, such risk is very small.

For additional information about exploits, please refer to the following article : Exploits, Exploit kits and Protection.

Regards.

Note : This thread has been moved to the "General Discussion" section for clarity.

RussellMania:
Can this type of malware be removed by doing a factory restore or a DFU restore. I heard that in some cases you need to buy a new phone.

Curson:
Hi RussellMania,

I think so. Even in the case the factory image is altered by a malware infection, you still can download an official firmware image from the manufacturer website.
However, I'm not specialized in Mobile infections, so please take into account I can be wrong about this.

Regards.

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