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Apple's response to SMS flaw: use iMessage

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Apple's response to SMS flaw: use iMessage
"Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they're directed to an unknown website or address over SMS."-Apple's statement
It was just Friday when we told you about a flaw discovered in the way iOS handles SMS messages. Advanced SMS functions can be accessed by those playing around with the UDH (User Data Header) section of a text message. One serious function would allow a hacker to change the reply-to path to another number. Information meant for someone via reply text could end up in the hands of someone itching to get his hands on your personal information. A spoofed message could appear to be coming from your bank, when it reality it's coming from Joe Hacker who will sell your social security number and other confidential information for big bucks.

Apple's response was, well, typical Apple. Instead of creating a fix for this problem in iOS 6 while there is time (one suggested idea was to have a text message come with both the original and reply-to addresses visible), Apple took this as an opportunity to promote its iMessages application by saying that it verifies addresses which will protect the user from getting spoofed.

The Cupertino based tech giant didn't finish its response without stating that SMS allows spoofed messages over any phone and suggests that SMS users be careful to make sure that they aren't being directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.

source: Engadget

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posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:27 47

1. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


SURPRISE!!

nothing's wrong with the hardware/software. You're just using it wrong!

didn't you know Apple is infallible??

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 16:14 18

13. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


You are using/holding it wrong!

Epic Apple!!!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 21:42 3

45. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Apple is like a spoiled kid who never admits his flaws and mistakes.
How hard is it to say a fix is on the way.
Even apple fans had guessed the response but they are thankful for iMessage.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 21:59 1

47. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


someone please find a glitch on that iMessage. Let's see what's apple's response.

SRSLY? APPLE? you sell expensive phones yet no fix?

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 16:25 9

14. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Lol, yep. This is awesome. xD

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 14:59 2

53. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


BE CAREFUL PHONEARENA! You might get sued for using that icon! -____-

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 17:35 4

22. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


This articles should be called "I don't want to fix s**t" sorry Apple, but not everyone has imessage

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:37 4

32. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Every one with an iPhone does even first gen

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 11:01 1

51. joey_sfb (Posts: 6001; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yes! Only chat with people with an iPhone. Those that don use our product could rot in their collective misery.

Its so typical of apple that is no longer funny.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 17:44 4

23. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Read the last paragraph of the article. EVERY phone that uses SMS has this issue.

So, really what you're asking is for Apple to fall to its knees and apologize for a flaw that every phone has...

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:27 8

25. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Apple claimed that not the author of the artical. But I would imagine if it was also on android models that google would come up with a fix instead just warning to be carefully.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:32 2

28. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Every article I've read on this says it's an SMS issue not just with iOS.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:28

26. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 370; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


says apple. before reading this were you ever spoofed on a phone ?

dont get me wrong there are all types of apps on Android that will let you do all sorts of sneaky things but this problem is like apple said "SMS allows spoofed messages" & why Alan said "took this as an opportunity to promote its iMessages application"

dont like apple and i say it but never was a issue until it was apples issue.

technically android doesnt even use "SMS" it uses "Messaging" :D

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:37 4

31. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The same Apple that tried to claim every phone has the specific antenna issue the iPhone 4 had when it first launched?

No other phone in the known universe could lose signal with 1/2 an inch of finger on the outside of the phone. Other phones have a Death Grip issue. The iPhone 4 had a Death Touch issue.

I'm sorry....but I dont take anything Apple says at face value.

The article is about a flaw in the way....iOS.....handles SMS messages. So....how does that effect any phone? If/when this flaw is discovered for Android, WP phones then so be it. Until then....Apple needs to get a fix out.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 19:53 3

39. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Remember the antenna issue.. they have the same reason that every phone has the same problem.. this is a very logical apple reasoning.. :P

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 06:43 3

49. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What is everyone up in arms about; there is nothing wrong with iOS. It's the end-users' fault for not knowing any better and not being more iCautious and iAware. iSwear, people just like to lay blame elsewhere; that's what's wrong with the world today. You guys don't realize how hard Apple works to be perfect, only to be undermined by their own end-users. Apple doesn't deserve this kind of backlash.

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 12:04 1

52. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Weird... That's the same argument people use against malware in the play store. "Well, if people would be careful where they download it from then it's not a problem." Maybe they should be more cautiousDROID or awareDROID.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:27 26

2. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


Apple: you're texting it wrong

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:33 10

3. biglou508 (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 May 2012)


wow lmao i was reading the story yesterday and laughing at the comments by people saying how apple whould come out and say that people where using it wrong or to use imessage and i laughed because they wrote it in a joking manner but it seems like they where right

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:36 10

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ha! They really wanted to use my response in the other thread, but they would have violated my copyright. And I would have sued them.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:41 5

6. Hammerfest (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I saw said reply... and when I saw this post, I actually LAUGHED out loud... startled quite a few people!

Oh the good times...

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 21:07

42. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


Lol droid x and bloodline hit it right on the mark with apples response. Use imessage.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:36 8

5. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Oh Apple, I will use iMessage if you make it free and make it available for ALL platforms.. :)

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:46 6

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah, they will do that about the time they get to a 100% market share.... Not gonna happen.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:52 3

10. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


haha I know :P wont ever happen!!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 16:33 3

15. tedkord (Posts: 12217; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


100% market share will make it available on all devices, but I doubt it would become free.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 18:38 1

33. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I message is free

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:43 12

7. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


How about you actually fix the problem instead of telling the consumer to do something else?

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:48 7

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is much easier to blame the consumer. Acknowledging they are less than perfect is the definition of SIN.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 15:56 7

11. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Oh Apple....

The more things change....the more they stay the same....

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