Pre-tango builds of Windows Phone are vulnerable to a hack via SMS or other messaging systems which make devices completely incapable of receiving any further messages, with the only fix possible being a hard reset, ironically losing all past SMS messages as Windows Phone does not have any back-up facility for SMS.
The Tango update, which is poised to roll out over the next few weeks fixes this, meaning there is only a small window of vulnerability left to exploit this issue.
Now Khaled Salameh, who discovered the bug, has tweeted that some-one has offered him the not inconsiderable amount of $50,000 in exchange for information on re-creating the bug. The full details of the vulnerability has never been revealed.
Khaled said he will not give out the vulnerability until he has permission from Microsoft, despite the hard to resist offer, so we are safe for now.
Given the small Windows Phone community, the biggest value of the bug would be to embarrass Microsoft, which does make me wonder about their deep-pocketed competitors, possibly trying to take a bit of wind out of the very successful Microsoft sails these last few weeks.
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