Windows Mobile flaws could crash phones

A security firm has found a pair of security bugs in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile which, if exploited, could crash phones and other devices running the software.

The vulnerabilities lie in Windows Mobile Internet Explorer and Windows Mobile Pictures and Video, Trend Micro, a Tokyo-based security vendor, said in a pair of security alerts. Viewing a rigged Web page or malicious JPEG image file on a Windows Mobile device will cause it to fail, according to Trend Micro.

„Both of these vulnerabilities are potential denial-of-service factors,“ Todd Thiemann, director of device security marketing at Trend Micro, said in an interview Tuesday. „What we’re seeing over time is an uptick in the threats against smart phones, particularly those running Symbian and Windows Mobile.“

Trend Micro has told Microsoft about the problems and has not publicly shared the vulnerability details. „The sky isn’t falling. Nobody out there is aware of this,“ Thiemann said. The company doesn’t expect any imminent attacks exploiting the problems, he said.

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