Samsung Wave ships with malware-infected memory card

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Take care if you’ve recently bought a Samsung S8500 Wave smartphone – it could have come pre-installed with malware on its memory card.

According to reports, the 1GB microSD card that ships with the sexy bada touch-screen smartphone carries an unwelcome surprise – a piece of malware that can automatically run if you plug the card into your Windows computer.

The tell-tale sign of infection is the existence of the aUtoRuN.iNF and slmsrv.exe files on the microSD card. If you haven’t configured your Windows computer to ignore the autorun command, then when you plug the card into your PC the malicious slmsrv.exe file will be executed.

Samsung has informed the media that “only the initial production run of Samsung S8500 Wave devices for the German market were shipped with…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.