For a bit, Windows Phone held a privilege over Android and iOS users as the only device not plagued with any malware or denial of service vulnerabilities. That is, until now.
Tom Warren of winrumors reported a denial of service vulnerability that disables messaging functions on the device. Simply put, if a user sends a message (SMS, Facebook, Windows Live IM) to a Windows Phone and the message contains a certain string of text, the device will reboot. The bad part is the messaging hub will not open. To make matters worse, winrumors reports:
The flaw appears to affect other aspects of the Windows Phone operating system too. If a user has pinned a friend as a live tile on their device and the friend posts a particular string of text on Facebook then the live tile will update and causes the device to lock up.
To see the result of the issue in action, take a look at the video below courtesy of winrumors:
Anyone concerned about accidentally causing chaos via messaging, a key component of the Windows Phone experience? Let us know below.