MediaTek-based Android phones vulnerable to weird SMS hack
Hopefully the flaw doesn't end up bigger than what it currently is, otherwise hackers will have a field day with the majority of Chinese phones.
1. fzacek (Posts: 2194; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
This is why I don't trust cheap Chinese companies like MediaTek. Qualcomm or any other reputable company would never let something like this happen...
2. SeanContra (Posts: 74; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Uhhh..... Okay, I'm not even gonna try.
Whatever makes you happy, man :)
6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Whats wrong with that anyway, he's right.
9. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
All hardware/software has vulnerabilities somewhere. You are a fool to think that your safe from things like this just because you use a CPU made by a brand with a higher reputation.
10. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
When a good company like qualcom have this kind of bug, people will 'understand', but when 'second grade' company like mediatek did it, people will scream 'told you'.... and (some of) this people saying they rooted for underdog .... what a shame.
23. SeanContra (Posts: 74; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Aww man, I missed the fun bit.
Good points there, Shatter and WahyuWisnu :D
I was just busy for worked so I "w/e"-ed it :P
Well said, sirs.
7. superfans (Posts: 151; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
A lot if electronic gadgets like your laptop , desktop , tablet and phone have a little MediaTek inside , just like how iFans hate Samsung but cant denial the fact that Samsung is inside of many electronic gadgets just like MediaTek , no matter how you trust it or not.
11. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
they might be forgeting the intel pentium bug.
15. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
just as fun as the apple OS X bug on file:///
19. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
i can foresee you messing with your friends who uses mediatek phones, sending them the = text while they are doing stuff on their phones like casual gaming etc boom restart
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3616; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Thats what happens when a Third tier company makes mediocre quality chipsets, snapdragons are arguably the best.
12. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I agree that snapdragon is the best, I don't buy any other phone than snapdragon phone, but that doesn't make mediatek a bad company. each product has it's own bug/weakness. If it wasn't for mediatek, maybe the SD will be more expensive, and your snapdragon 400 MotoG will be US$400 and yours snapdragon S4 Google Nexus 7 (2013) will be US$500.
21. renz4 (Posts: 270; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
their hardware no doubt among the best but it doesn't mean they are free from problem like what happen right now on mediatek
8. wax33 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)
Takes an idiot to believe a SoC would reboot when it copies a specific byte.
13. micmic9999 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
i tried sending = to my Xiaomi Redmi/Hongmi phone using another Xiaomi Redmi and Xperia Z2 and it did no restart the phone. :)
17. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
why do that on the z2? it uses snapdragon 801 not mediatek. xiaomi also customizes their gui heavily so they probably changed the default messaging app on the redmi...
22. SeanContra (Posts: 74; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Try Xperia C. I did.
It worked wonderfully :D
14. justsayit (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 May 2013)
so what will happen if phone rebooted?
one of my phone which powered by mtk soc get reboot when recieve the text
18. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)
nothing it just reboots if you follow the very simple instruction, but for techies with twisted minds this exploit could be enhanced and they can probably use this exploit as base and take control of your phone in the future if the issue is not fixed by mediatek...
20. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
or, if your phone hang, just ask a friend to send '='
16. micmic9999 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
i have tried to text any Cherry Mobile phone brand and the hack worked '=' will restart the phone - this could really cause annoyance if you keep on texting the '=' sign and your phone kept on rebooting.