Basic questions

Holger Freyther holger at
Thu Oct 13 09:44:45 UTC 2016

> On 13 Oct 2016, at 11:17, Michael Kramer <michael.kramer at> wrote:
> Hello mailing list,

Hi Michael!

> I want to use the Simtrace for my master thesis on enhancing privacy in mobile networks.
> For this purpose I recently bought 2 Simtraces. However I have a few questions:

great. will you (or did you already) publish parts of your work?

> Which firmware is on newly shipped Simtraces? The "buggy" v0.5 or the community enhanced version?

I don't know which firmware version is used when flashing but I find that
question funny. "community buggy" vs. "community enhanced"? There is the
Osmocom community and it works by people collaborating. You are free to
contribute your time and work towards a new "non-buggy" "community" release.

> Also I wanted to flash new firmware to the device (both from simlabtrace (, as well as newly compiled firmware from git repository (git:// I wasn't able to try the community fix since the url( is down.
> The flashing process itself freezes after checking the connection state of the device. Even though the device is listed as idle the process does not continue. Any idea why? I'm working on a fresh and updated Kali Linux. If it's the OS do you have any suggestion for using another?

I don't know what simlabTrace is and with my 90s Free Software hat on, I would
prefer if people collaborate more again, instead of going into their own corner.

The original went down and was replaced but we have filled the
archives with old mail. Apparently links have changed but if you go to 06.2014 you
will find the original mail and the attachment can be downloaded.

> If the support/development of the Simtrace is at an end can you recommend similar devices?

There are proprietary alternatives if you prefer such things. I would prefer if you
take some of your time to help to make Osmocom's SIMtrace better.

thank you

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