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Every time you hand out your phone number you are giving adversaries access to an ever-increasing attack surface. Text messages and the protocols that support them offer attackers an unbelievable advantage. Mobile phones will typically process the data without user interaction, and (incorrectly) handle a large number of data types, including various picture, audio, and video formats. To make matters worse, you are relying on the carriers to be your front line of defense against these types of attacks. Honestly, the mobile device sounds like it was custom built for remote exploitation.

The question you should be asking yourself is: How do I find weaknesses in this attack surface? This talk will focus on the "do-it-yourself" aspect of building your own SMS/MMS fuzzer. We will take an in-depth look at exercising this attack surface virtually, using emulators, and on the physical devices using OpenBTS and a USRP. To help ease your entry into researching mobile platforms, we will examine the messaging specifications along with the file formats that are available for testing. The value of vulnerabilities in mobile platforms has never been higher. Our goal is to ensure you have all the details you need to quickly find and profit from them.