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Proof of concept shows potential damage to data stored on Palm OS devices
Posted on 18-Aug-2004 21:19 | Filed under: News



According to its developer "the goal of this trojan is to raise awareness in Palm OS and Pocket PC users, to get them to realize that they're not safe just because they're on a PDA. I've seen a lot of people claim that Palm OS is "very secure," or that it is more secure than Windows CE, and this really isn't the case. The biggest problem is that there is no access control *at all* in Palm OS. But then again, nor does PocketPC or even vanilla Windows CE (at least by default). A lot of other OSes do, any desktop or server OS worth running does". The writer decided to create this proof of concept after an on-line discussion about the Brador, a backdoor trojan for Pocket PC, on newmobilecomputing.com.

The program will draw a fractal called Sierpinski's Triangle. In the meantime it will all PIM data, instaleld apps, and other files on the handheld. It can't delete anything stored in ROM. The program actually prompts the user to continue by requesting a confirmation to go ahead delete the contents of the handheld.

Similar to other current trojan programs running on smart mobile devices - like the cracked version of Mosquitos for Symbian devices or Brador for Windows Mobile Pocket PC - this program can not spread from one handheld to another by itself. It has to be installed by the end users, or beamed via infrared or Bluetooth. In both cases the end users have active participation in installing the malware.


More information: http://www.d.umn.edu/~reic0024/palm...






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