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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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iOS 6 Fixes iMessage "Bug" that Sends Texts to Stolen iPhones




Last December, an apparent bug appeared in Apple's iMessage service that caused iMessages to continue to be linked to a stolen iPhone. The customer's messages would continue to arrive and be sent from the stolen phone even after changing passwords, a remote wipe, and a SIM card deactivation. Apple initially denied it was a bug, but did later compensate at least one affected user for her trouble.

TheNextWeb now reports that that iOS 6 resolves this issue by forcing all devices to re-enter credentials if your Apple ID settings change.
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According to a source with knowledge of Apple's steps to correct the matter, the issue has been fixed in iOS 6 through a variety of checks placed on iMessage. The most important of these is that Apple now uses its push systems to force a user to re-enter a password to use iMessage once your Apple ID credentials have been changed.
Now, if your iPhone is stolen, simply changing the password of your Apple ID will force the stolen device to prompt for a password in order to continue receiving and sending iMessages from your account. In addition, wiping your iPhone remotely using Find My iPhone will now disable the stolen device from receiving iMessages.

Article Link: iOS 6 Fixes iMessage "Bug" that Sends Texts to Stolen iPhones
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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Yes, and this check also happens if one of my devices just so happens to lose it's internet connection. It's kinda annoying too.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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Apple's security features are second to none. Google can't do anything like this. Not even close.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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It'd be nice if they fixed the bug where it says “delivered” when it hasn't actually shown up on the recipients device.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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If only Apple would give away an iPod touch for each bug in Maps I've experienced...
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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It'd be nice if they fixed the bug where it says “delivered” when it hasn't actually shown up on the recipients device.
Yep, it happens when you send an iMessage to someone from device A. It will not say delivered on the new message until the person actually receives it. But on your device B, it will say delivered right away.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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It's an absolute joke how long this took.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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pretty nifty if you ask me. i remember back in the day if you lost your phone you worried about who had access to it. now you just remote wipe the thing and boom. problem solved.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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pretty nifty if you ask me. i remember back in the day if you lost your phone you worried about who had access to it. now you just remote wipe the thing and boom. problem solved.
A great update, that couldn't come soon enough!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:17 PM   #10
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Apple's security features are second to none. Google can't do anything like this. Not even close.
God I hope this is sarcasm.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:14 PM   #11
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Wow. Only took one year and a plethora of iMessage downtimes to fix this gaping privacy hole.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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hahaha....... opps

This must be the biggest blunder in history.... not to mention taking 1 year to deal with this.. You would of thought after a few days, a few bright sparks at Apple would have known this and fixed this quickly.

Come on...

Can you honesty say Apple is still secure ? Nope.

This is becoming more and more like that constant 0-day Java exploit.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:43 PM   #13
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Wow. Only took one year and a plethora of iMessage downtimes to fix this gaping privacy hole.
it wasn't that big of a gaping hole. Before you just had to go and detach the device from your Apple ID by hand. Something that was discussed in depth when this 'bug' was found.

Now it is automatic. and potentially does it when you really don't need it to because you didn't change a device but just restored it.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:18 PM   #14
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About freaking time.
11 months is pretty lame.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:23 PM   #15
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Stubborn Apple, they need to change this attitude - at least now when everyone is a bit sick of them overall...
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:27 PM   #16
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No worries...I don't have a smartphone.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:34 PM   #17
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Great News for thieves

I'm glad this make life easier for people including, those who steal iphones. But I would like it if I could press a button to blacklist any carrier from ever using my stolen iphone again, or a button that can turn my stolen iPhone into a brick.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:39 PM   #18
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But I want the phone to keep annoying the thief even after I remotely wipe it.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 08:40 PM   #19
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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I'm glad this make life easier for people including, those who steal iphones. But I would like it if I could press a button to blacklist any carrier from ever using my stolen iphone again, or a button that can turn my stolen iPhone into a brick.
Would you want someone who gains access to your iCloud account (easy, just need your password; no two-step verification process to get through) to be able to turn your iPhone into a brick? To blacklist it forever?

Being able to remotely wipe it already is bad enough.

You could try making your password longer and more secure, but it's the same password you have to enter every day when you buy songs or apps, or even to open Find Friends app.
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No worries...I don't have a smartphone.
Same here. All the back and forth over a freaking phone choice didn't help me in wanting to keep a smartphone, just made me sad for the future. People's pathetic levels grew a few notches. What happened to guys not ever asking for directions? Now it's "I need my transit directions!!!" People know how to read the colored coded maps and which stop they will get off on still, right???

Least fist fights should go down in numbers with all guys wearing dresses.
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Same here. All the back and forth over a freaking phone choice didn't help me in wanting to keep a smartphone, just made me sad for the future. People's pathetic levels grew a few notches. What happened to guys not ever asking for directions? Now it's "I need my transit directions!!!" People know how to read the colored coded maps and which stop they will get off on still, right???

Least fist fights should go down in numbers with all guys wearing dresses.
Yeah, and since when do "real men" know how to type? That's for secretaries right? Oops, now i've gone over the line.
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Yeah, and since when do "real men" know how to type? That's for secretaries right? Oops, now i've gone over the line.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 09:09 PM   #24
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Stubborn Apple, they need to change this attitude - at least now when everyone is a bit sick of them overall...
Everyone??

Speak for yourself, please...
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Everyone??

Speak for yourself, please...
yes, he is almost right.
same here

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Turn off iMessage (and Facetime - only necessary if that was also tied to the old number too - but may as well play it safe).
Reboot your iphone.
Leave iMessage disabled for a while - not sure how long - it just needs to trickle the SIM data into the OS. An hour should do it - if not leave it overnight.
Then turn iMessage back on and it should be associated with your new number.
what d h3ll is that, is it NASA instruction to lunch new rocket?

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last week got 4s (ios6) from someone, already All data Erased and clean as new, but I found his number in iMessages options, his number still was an option that would I want to receive imessages to this number.
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