iOS 6 Fixes iMessage "Bug" that Sends Texts to Stolen iPhones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
  2. ProudLoz macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2012
    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. :p
  3. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    Apple's security features are second to none. Google can't do anything like this. Not even close.
  4. mazz0 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    It'd be nice if they fixed the bug where it says “delivered” when it hasn't actually shown up on the recipients device.
  5. dannyhex macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    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.
  6. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Wow. Only took one year and a plethora of iMessage downtimes to fix this gaping privacy hole.
  7. gregwyattjr macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    If only Apple would give away an iPod touch for each bug in Maps I've experienced...
  8. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    A great update, that couldn't come soon enough!
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    God I hope this is sarcasm.
  10. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    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.:rolleyes:
  11. FakeWozniak macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    About freaking time.
    11 months is pretty lame.
  12. UmbraDiaboli macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    Stubborn Apple, they need to change this attitude - at least now when everyone is a bit sick of them overall...
  13. MacDav macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
  14. eicarr macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2005
    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.
  15. lostngone macrumors demi-god


    Aug 11, 2003
    Do no want

    But I want the phone to keep annoying the thief even after I remotely wipe it.
  16. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Speak for yourself, please...
  17. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    I think the article meant

    "iOS 6 fixes iMessage bug that sends text to stolen phones but causes a plethora of new iMessage problems."
  18. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    My solution was simpler. I kept my iPhone in a locked vault guarded by a pack of snarling dogs. I never took it out so it couldn't be stolen and nobody could get my iMessages. Too bad I had to live in the vault so I could use my phone. I just didn't expect Apple to take so long to fix this, so I haven't seen the sun in 11 months. :blinks:

    Seriously, I wonder how many of those 11 months were spent deciding whether or not to deal with this problem, how many deciding what to do about it, how many implementing the solution, and how many months afterwards to get it into releasable form.
  19. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.
  20. realeric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    $500 billion dollar company took 11 months to fix a simple security hole. :)
  21. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.
  22. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
  23. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    iOS 6 came out a couple of months ago! ;)
  24. Rocketman macrumors 603


    If the issue is logins for multiple services, have a login after stolen or wipes at an Apple server that enables all default features with cloud preferences.

    Earth to Apple, please come in.

    Your iDevice has been stolen and we have identified the location of the perps. What do you want to do?

    1. Go there personally and kick their a$$.
    2. Call the police and report it.
    3. The police suck, call my cousin Sam and tell him to hold the forgiveness.
    4. Send three hot chicks over to persuade them to cough it up.
    5. Stop diddling. Send the Russian Mafia.

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