Friday, March 18, 2005

DVD successor battle revisited

Blu Ray and HD-DVD are the two formats fighting the crown of DVD successor. The battle is not won, though as this Softpedia article describes. Both formats have their strong backers, both in manufacturer and movie industry front. However, the issue of how and which DRM system is going to be adopted might be a key issue. As also referred in the article, I cannot help comparing this to the battle of VHS and betamax home video formats. The sad thing is the result might be the same - loss for everybody.

(via Slashdot)

13 things that do not make sense

The New Scientist magazine has listed things or observations where whe observed things do not line up with the current theory. The list starts with placebo effect and discusses also e.g. some anomalies observed in space. Interesting stuff in real-life-twilight-zone -category.

(via Slashdot)

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Series 60 malware that uses MMS as spreading mechanism

The title link leads to F-Secure description of the "comwarrior" S60 worm, which uses MMS as a spreading mechanism in addition to the bluetooth.

It was quite a surprise for me to find out that it was possible to send symbian installation packages (SIS-files) as MMS messages! Naturally this is not possible from UI using the built in applicaition. In this case the malware seems to do the sending itself and sending the sis file instead of the media file.

This could have been easily prevented on the network side by just double checking the file type of the file the mobile phone is trying to send.

As stated by F-Secure, the comwarrior is not going to spread widely nor it is going to be a threat to the mobile phones. However, it is an example that the writers of the malware try to find holes in all systems handling data to the mobile phones.

All of the mobile platforms have been relatively free of malware. Especially Symbian OS has been by its architecture very secure to the threats outside the phone. To keep it that way we have to make sure that in addition to the OS platform, the new services offered by the network take security into the account.