Apple's response to SMS flaw: use iMessage

Apple's response to SMS flaw: use iMessage
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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54 Comments

55. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

i use google voice it uses my data so i believe that it must go through google's servers and therefore much harder for a spoof message. though probably not impossible. the nice difference is that i don't need an email for the other party to send messages i just use there number and it sends it to there phone i could argue that its much better then iMessage.

48. Savage unregistered

Oh really? That's a very nice solution Apple! No seriously, who uses SMS-es everyday, huh? Its the era of Whatsapp and Kik. And especially, iMessage! That is one great app! So revolutionary and ground-breaking, its virtually changed the way we send messages! Yes, lets make all Apple users use a messaging client which works only on iDevices! It will be helpful when we gain 100% market share! Carriers should shut down their SMS functionality because we can't eradicate one flaw. I saw an article saying Apple asking people to use substitutes, but not ONE article saying Apple will do something to fix it. What in the world is wrong with you? You can't even control your little closed environment? Can't fix problems that your own software caused?

46. phljcnth

Posts: 567; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

TROLLS ARE VERY COMMON NOWADAYS! LOL APPLE

44. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

I dont think any other company has that flaw in text messaging like apple does. It sucks tjat even after 5 years they still choose to ignore it. Maybe there's a patent on the text patch and they dont want to give sammy or google the $$$ for the license or get sued on the patent.

41. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i dont mean to sound stupid in this idea but i think BBM dont have an issue like that. though they are still down in the market share

36. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Wrong. Dont' use IPHONE should have been their verdict. Insiders say they are planning to sue MDI for the use of word "AIRPOD" as dumb buyers would buy AIRPOD thinking it is IPOD as they cannot differentiate (as per Apple) between objects (Smartphone is IPHONE, Tablet is IPAD and ... AIRPOD is IPOD ...lol ). They have LINDOWS Vs WINDOWS Case as a precedent to base their case against MDI on :)

35. wendygarett unregistered

Once again Apple has shown how irresponsible towards the customer :( Byebye iPhone!!! I'm hyping the bb10 instead because bbm is way better than yours

24. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

This is simliar to a situation like this. *walks into tech store* "I'm not happy with the TV you sold me, it doesn't do what its supposed to." Response "Have you seen our DVD's?"

20. the_EDJ

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 28, 2008

I like how there's the one hardcore Apple fan down-voting every comment.

21. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

man you're one ugly person Lol^^^

30. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You noticed that too. I wrote a coment about that in reply before I got too your message

19. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Lmao oh yea, right...

17. cootersweats

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 18, 2012

My cooter tells me you don't know the difference between "to" and "too."

12. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Apple: use imessage Customer: My friend has the galaxy s3 Apple:Tell your friend to buy an original not the copy. Customer: But he says the iphone is to weak a proccessor with to little customization. Apple: You are holding your iphone wrong. If you held iphone right it would have no problems. Customer: How does he Hold it? Apple: We don't know. Mr Cook what should we do about this customer challengeing us? TC: Send him to jail for wearing a black shirt. We patented black. No one can challenge Apple's logic. I$heep: Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah listen to the great TC baaaaaaaaaaaaaaah kill non-sheep baaaaaaaaaaaaaah

16. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You shouldn't criticizing Apple so openly or using the sheep word in this site, the mods will send you a threat :)

34. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I said the word "narr0w m1nded" and the Admins sent me a warning. I wasnt criticising was just making an observation on the other persons opinion. Its starting to look like comunist china up in here, BUT in this case his comment WAS OBNOXIOUS and directly offending. Not insightful at all.

18. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Of course I totally agree with what you said

27. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 628; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"How does he hold it?" lmfao hilarious

29. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree don't use the sheep word it just provokes trolling and I hope one day we can have these coment sections free from them. That being said you kind of are trolling yourself even though the first part of your message is telling it like it is, apple does do that you said it in a way to provoke apple fans to get irritated than the sheep sentence well that is trolling. But on the other hand there is thos trolling on these sights that do nothing but hit unlike aperently because every comment against apple on this page has one thumbs down tells me that there is a troll just hitting that on every apple coment that is negative

37. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I have an honest question... When someone practically worships apple and does not want to listen or see valid and relevant points from an Android point of view, what other word can be used so that the person realizes they are being "SH33P"? I agree with not using the word to offend someone. but on another post when someone said "safari works just fine no need to download Chrome" I responded by saying the person was "narrow m1nded" and that they should give it a shot... I got a warning for that smh

43. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

Instead of that "s" word why not zombies, simpletons, pack rats, bundles of joy, cultists, the gullible, team i... im out of ideas.

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

O boy that was so funny. Kingpet.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

7. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

5. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

10. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

haha I know :P wont ever happen!!

15. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

33. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I message is free

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