In the latest vulnerability discovered in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, it is possible for a user’s messaging capabilities to become completely disabled.
The glitch is activated if the user receives a malicious specific text message, according to Winrumors.com which exposed the bug.
“The flaw appears to affect other aspects of the Windows Phone operating system too. If a user has pinned a friend as a live tile on their device and the friend posts a particular message on Facebook then the live tile will update and causes the device to lock up,” the website explains.
The only known fix to this issue is to completely reset the phone and clear out all of its data.
Glitch-finder Khaled Salameh is reportedly notifying Microsoft and pushing for a software update to patch the security hole.
Of course, anyone familiar with Windows Phone’s one-year history knows this isn’t the first glitch the OS has faced. Microsoft has also become notorious for delaying system updates designed to fix security issues, though this is the first problem since the company released the refreshed version of its platform, Windows Phone 7.5 or “Mango.”
Windows Phone is set to make a splash in the news tomorrow night when it is likely to be the focus of a T-Mobile/Nokia event in New York City. While Microsoft is not mentioned in the event invitation, there’s no doubt this could be anything but the unveiling of the first Windows Phone-powered Nokia handset in the US.