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DIY hack for Orange SPV smartphone revealed

Patch to defend owners against own meddling
Fri Jan 17 2003, 09:42
FURTHER DETAILS of the ability to break the software download security provisions inside a Microsoft Smartphone 2002 have emerged.

A bunch of keen users of Orange's SPV smartphone were hacked off that they couldn't load third party applications onto their mobile phones.

So they discovered a way of manually editing two configuration files using a PC and sending those changes down to the SPV via synchronisation software. Delighted with their achievement, these hackers promptly published the necessary instructions on the Internet.

This has led to a bizarre situation whereby SPV owners can go onto Orange's Update web site and download a patch that will prevent the 'hack' from working - even though the only person that could install the hack would be themselves. Eh?

To give these enthusiasts some incentive to stop finding ways to make the SPV more useful, Orange has announced that in about 45 days time it will probably launch a Web site aimed at helping those who want to develop applications which it will officially approve of.

By this time, such developers might have become bored and decided to develop Java apps for rival smartphones like the Nokia 7650, of course.

See Microsoft brings blue screen of death to mobile phones µ


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