How to send an SMS - the geeky way
Want to impress friends with eccentric ways to send SMS messages? This article is for you. As a matter of fact - and closer to the official goal - this article can also help analysts spot unexpected SMS sending in malware.
SMS for Java-kiddies
Sending SMS from a Java ME midlet is simple enough for any kid :) Import the MessageConnection and TextMessage package:
import javax.wireless.messaging.MessageConnection; import javax.wireless.messaging.TextMessage;
Instantiate a MessageConnection object and a TextMessage object of type TEXT_MESSAGE. The SMS number is specified as a string formatted as “sms://xxxx”:
MessageConnection messageconnection = (MessageConnection)Connector.open(new String("sms://1234"); TextMessage textmessage = (TextMessage)messageconnection.newMessage(MessageConnection.TEXT_MESSAGE);
Then, set the payload of the SMS:
Finally, send the message:
For the Java source to compile, one should probably not forget to surround the code with the typical try/catch instructions to catch potential exceptions. This simple, but efficient code, is used by many Java malware such as Java/Swapi.N. If the midlet is unsigned, the mobile phone displays a warning telling the end-user an SMS is about to be sent.
Sending SMS with Python
… is not much more difficult, but of course requires you have a Python interpreter on your mobile phone. Basically, the idea is similar to the Java code. First import the appropriate packages:
Then call the static method sms_send with the phone number as first argument and the text as second argument:
Surround the line with a try/except statement to catch unexpected errors. This is used by SymbOS/Flocker.AB!tr.python.
Send SMS with m
I already mentioned this language in a previous post. As far as I know, it is still quite unknown, but nevertheless efficient. You’ll need to install the m Runtime Environment on your mobile phone to get the few lines below to work (but that’s not difficult).
Then, the code is quite straight forward once more, with an import of the necessary package:
and sending the SMS with first argument as phone number and second as text of SMS.
This is used by SymbOS/Enoriv.A!tr.dial.
Sending SMS via the Symbian API
If you haven’t impressed your friends yet and insist on doing it a hard way, the Symbian API also enables programs to send SMS. Basically, one connects to a ‘RSendAs’ server, then creates a message (message type to be set to KUidMsgTypeSMS for SMS), set a recipient to send the message to, set the SMS text, and finally send and close the connection to the RSendAs server. The Cleanup functions (CleanupClosePushL, CleanupStack::Pop etc) are special Symbian functions to free objects correctly when an exception occurs or a function leaves with an error.
The assembly code below shows it is done in SymbOS/Yxes.E!worm.
.text:7C8C87E4 BL _ZN7RSendAs7ConnectEv ; RSendAs::Connect(void) .text:7C8C87E8 BL _ZN4User12LeaveIfErrorEi ; User::LeaveIfError(int) - leave if Connect fails .text:7C8C87EC SUB R0, R11, #0x24 ; R0 contains a RSendAs object .text:7C8C87F0 BL Yxes_cleanuppush ; calls CleanupClosePushL on RSendAs object .text:7C8C87F4 SUB R0, R11, #0x34 .text:7C8C87F8 BL sub_7C8C8E4C ; not relevant for understanding .text:7C8C87FC SUB R0, R11, #0x34 .text:7C8C8800 SUB R2, R11, #0x24 .text:7C8C8804 LDR R3, =dword_7C8D33EC ; address contains 0x1000102c = KUidMsgTypeSMS .text:7C8C8808 LDR R3, [R3] .text:7C8C880C MOV R1, R2 ; R1 contains a RSendAs object .text:7C8C8810 MOV R2, R3 ; message type .text:7C8C8814 BL _ZN14RSendAsMessage7CreateLER7RSendAs4TUid ; RSendAsMessage::CreateL(RSendAs &,TUid) .text:7C8C8818 SUB R0, R11, #0x34 .text:7C8C881C BL Yxes_cleanuppush_1 ; <span style="font-family: Courier New;">calls CleanupClosePushL on RSendAsMessage object</span> .text:7C8C8820 SUB R0, R11, #0x34 ; <span style="font-family: Courier New;">R0 contains a RSendAsMessage object</span> .text:7C8C8824 LDR R1, [R11,#phonenumber] ; phone number of recipient .text:7C8C8828 MOV R2, #0 ; ESendAsRecipientTo .text:7C8C882C BL _ZN14RSendAsMessage13AddRecipientLERK7TDesC16NS_20TSendAsRecipientTypeE ; RSendAsMessage::AddRecipientL(TDesC16 const&,RSendAsMessage::TSendAsRecipientType) .text:7C8C8830 SUB R0, R11, #0x34 ; R0 contains a RSendAsMessage object .text:7C8C8834 LDR R1, [R11,#smstext] ; text of the SMS to send .text:7C8C8838 BL _ZN14RSendAsMessage12SetBodyTextLERK7TDesC16 ; RSendAsMessage::SetBodyTextL(TDesC16 const&) .text:7C8C883C SUB R0, R11, #0x34 .text:7C8C8840 BL _ZN14RSendAsMessage20SendMessageAndCloseLEv ; RSendAsMessage::SendMessageAndCloseL(void)>
That’s it, folks!
– The Crypto Girl