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Wednesday, 28 January, 2009

Symbian platform security hacked again !!

Looks like the hackers arn't giving up so easily yet !! The new hack from Deltafox over at symbian freak lets you unlock your nopkia phone from the shackles of symbian signing .
The hack has been confirmed to work on the following phones/firmware.

Nokia N82 firmware version 30.0.019 and 31.0.016
Nokia N95 firmware version 31.0.017
Nokia N95 8GB firmware version 31.0.015
Nokia E90 Communicator version 300.34.84
Nokia E71 firmware versions 110.07.127 and 200.21.188

The procedure :

1. Check if you can hack your phone with the HelloCarbide and ROMPatcher method. If you can, use that method instead. Only use the method below if nothing else works.

2. Get a developer certificate. Be patient, it can take a while before your certificate is ready.

3. Download this package from Mobile Castle.

4. BACK UP YOUR PHONE MEMORY! On some phones you'll need to click "Memory" in the settings folder, on other phones you can back up your phone memory from the options menu in the file manager. You can also back up your phone memory with PC Suite.

5. Sign MapDrives (which you downloaded in step 3) with the certificate you got in step 2, and install the signed copy of MapDrives on your phone.

6. Copy MapDrives.txt to your memory card (E:\), so you'll get E:\MapDrives.txt.

7. Install JBak TaskMan, start it, press the # key, highlight the MapDrives entry, click "options," "program rules," and select "autostart."

8. Restart your phone.

9. Delete MapDrives and install MapDrive_JBakTM_EMU_Y (for N82, N95, N95-8GB, and other phones that have a drive called Y:\), and start it.

10. Install Modo, and use the Modo file manager to copy installserver.exe to C:\sys\bin.

11. Once the modified installserver.exe is copied to C:\sys\bin you don't need MapDrives and JBak anymore, but you still need Modo to write to C:\sys.

Note: with this hack you can not write to C:\sys and other system folders with file managers like X-plore or ActiveFile. You can read C:\sys\bin with these file managers, but you can only write to C:\sys\bin with Modo.

Confirmed to work on these phones and firmware versions:

Nokia N82 firmware version 30.0.019 and 31.0.016
Nokia N95 firmware version 31.0.017
Nokia N95 8GB firmware version 31.0.015
Nokia E90 Communicator version 300.34.84
Nokia E71 firmware versions 110.07.127 and 200.21.188


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Symbian Underground

Thursday, 8 January, 2009

Nokia N95-1 minor firmware update v31.0.017



The N95 classic has got some more love from nokia (probably for the last time) . This is a minor firmware update (the previous one being v31.0.015) and people who have upgraded have reported that like the previous update , this one too renders your phone unhackable. Users report that the update fixes the following bugs found in the previous version of the firmware:
  • Icon animation fixed  
  • Language Bug Fixed 
  • Bold Menu Fixed 
  There has been no indication yet if this fixes the dreaded "curse of silence" bug too. If you have updated and the curse of silence bug no longer affects your nokia N95 classic , do let me know.

As for me ...I'm sticking to my v30 hackable firmware for now. :)

Tuesday, 6 January, 2009

Nokia S60 Curse of Silence bug exposed




The next time you notice that your S60-running Nokia phone isn’t receiving SMS or MMS for a complete day beware, your phone could be infected with a unique bug aptly named the ‘curse of silence’ It’s designed to infect the S60 series of Nokia phones. The bug hijacks the phone through a tweaked SMS to any S60-running Nokia phone. After which the phone slips into a sms baring mode, it simply rejects all sms or MMS coming its way.


The only way this problem is resolved is through Hard Resetting the phone, so if you have not yet backed up all your contacts, this could be your first and only sign.