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Re: [Full-disclosure] Retrieving "deleted" sms/mms from Nokia phone (Symbian S60)

From: Eduardo Tongson <propolice_at_nospam>
Date: Mon May 21 2007 - 04:45:20 GMT
To: "Davide Del Vecchio" <dante@alighieri.org>


gd,
You can also recover SMS from flash memory cards used in these Nokia phones. The phones has a feature wherein you can archive or backup SMS to the cards. So even if they delete the backup you could just undelete the .dat files using something like Testdisk to recover the messages.

On 5/16/07, Davide Del Vecchio <dante@alighieri.org> wrote:
> Hello list,
>
> During some research, I found an intersting "feature"
> on my Nokia mobile phone; I was able to retrieve any
> apparently deleted sms/mms.
> Letting aside some paranoid thoughts about WHY this
> sms are not deleted, I think that, while this represents
> an high risk for our privacy, this discover could give some
> hint into mobile phone forensics and anti-forensics field.
>
> First, I would like to tell you that I tested this on
> my Nokia N-gage and on a Nokia 6600 but I am quiete sure
> that this procedure works on every Nokia Symbian S60
> (maybe other vendors). So I strongly incite you to test
> it on your mobile phone and share the results.
>
>
> Tested products:
>
> Nokia N-gage, firmware version: V 4.03 26-11-2003 NEM-4
>
> Nokia 6600
>
> Maybe the whole S60 series.
>
>
> Procedure:
>
> Download the Nokia PC Suite for your mobile phone and make
> a backup on your local hd.
> I used PC Suite for Nokia N-Gage Version 1.0.0
> http://www.nokia.com/pcsuite
>
> It will create a huge number of ".dat" files in a specified
> directory.
>
> Download, install and start Cygwin. This is not required but
> suggested, you could use an hexadecimal editor and a bit of
> patience but using Cygwin is surely faster.
> http://www.cygwin.com
>
>
> Move into the backup directory.
>
>
> $ ls -al | less
>
> total 6016
> drwx------+ 2 Administrator Nessuno 0 Feb 6 01:35 .
> drwx------+ 7 Administrator Nessuno 0 Feb 5 23:00 ..
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 2972 Nov 27 2003 1.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 22913 Nov 27 2003 10.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 1062 Feb 16 2005 100.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 3912 Aug 9 2005 1000.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 2750 Aug 25 2005 1001.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 8741 Dec 15 2005 1002.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 9926 Dec 20 2005 1003.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 63 Dec 30 2005 1004.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 23988 Jan 13 2006 1005.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 18 Jan 23 2006 1006.dat
> ...
> ...
> etc etc (files created by the nokia pc suite).
>
>
> Choose a file to examine.
>
> $ ls -al 3102.dat
> -rwx------+ 1 Administrator Nessuno 666569 Feb 5 23:59 3102.dat
>
> Use the command "strings" to find printable characters.
>
> $ strings 3102.dat | less
>
> Ciao! Auguro a te ed alla tua fa@Enrica Farlonesi
> ...
> ...
> etc etc
>
>
>
> This is part of an sms I deleted and that I don't see on my phone.
> So, just grep every file in the directory to find the complete sms:
>
> $ grep -i "Auguro a te ed alla" *
>
> Binary file 1770.dat matches
> Binary file 3102.dat matches
>
> The sms has been found in 1770.dat file, let's see what's inside it:
>
> $ strings 1770.dat
>
> Ciao! Auguro a te ed alla tua famiglia un felice anno nuovo! E.
> 4+393915253350
> 4+393922378986
>
> Got it! The complete sms, with the phone number of the sender (phone
> numbers have been changed).
> In earlier versions of Nokia PC Suite it just creates a ".nbu" file and
> you can just edit it with an hexadecimal editor.
>
> I mailed the Nokia support and they told me they didn't know about this
> bug and would like to know more informations about impacted models but
> they don't have any intention to release some kind of patch.
> I contacted Symbian too, they told me that Symbian sources are
> distributed to mobile phone vendors and so they cannot release any
> final-user patch.
>
> This description is also avaiable here:
> http://www.alighieri.org/advisories/retrieving_deleted_sms.txt (ENG)
> http://www.alighieri.org/advisories/recuperare_sms_cancellati.txt (ITA)
>
> Regards,
>
> Davide Del Vecchio.
>
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