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



1. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

SURPRISE!! nothing's wrong with the hardware/software. You're just using it wrong! didn't you know Apple is infallible??

13. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

You are using/holding it wrong! Epic Apple!!!

45. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

47. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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?

14. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Lol, yep. This is awesome. xD

53. StringCheese01

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

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

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

32. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Every one with an iPhone does even first gen

51. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

23. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 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...

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

28. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

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

26. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 605; Member since: Nov 03, 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

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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. 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.

39. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

52. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

2. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Apple: you're texting it wrong

3. biglou508

Posts: 11; Member since: May 17, 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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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...

42. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

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

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: 17410; 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

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.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

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