Is there any future for smartcards?

James A. Donald jamesd at
Mon Sep 12 12:52:27 EDT 2005

From: Eugen Leitl <eugen at>
> Virtually all new phones sold are smartphones, and for 
> every platform there are documented vulnerabilities, 
> exploits, and malware already in the wild. Increased 
> use of mobile phones as means of payment are a strong 
> motivation for malware writers. Most of smartphone 
> users are security-naive teenagers. This indicates 
> that we'll be getting all [the] problems with desktop 
> machines, and more, shortly.

Typical worm installation goes like this:

: :	Receive message via bluetooth from unnamed 
: :	device?  Y/N
: :
: :	Installation Security warning:  Unable to 
: :	verify supplier.  Continue anyway? Y/N

Seems to me that the phone designers have done a better 
job with virus, worm, and malware resistance than 
Microsoft or Linux.  Teenagers are pretty sophisticated. 

         James A. Donald

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