iMessage bug reportedly fixed in iOS 6

By , Nov 20, 2012

Late last year, news broke of a serious iMessage bug that enabled iOS devices to continue to send and receive messages, even after being remotely wiped and having their SIM cards deactivated. It was particularly dangerous for folks whose devices were stolen, or the like.

But never fear, a new report says that the bug has been repaired in iOS 6. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, Apple has taken steps to eradicate the problem in its mobile software…

The Next Web reports:

“Earlier this year a series of stories exposed an odd bug in Apple’s iOS software that allowed stolen iPhones to continue receiving iMessage messages, even if the SIM was deactivated and password changed. Now, we have learned that the bug has been rectified as of Apple’s release of iOS 6 in September.

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.”

Essentially this means that now if your phone is stolen, a quick change of your Apple ID password will require all of your devices to re-enter that password before anyone can continue to iMessage on them.

Additionally, placing your SIM card in a new handset with the same phone number, or wiping the compromised phone with Find My iPhone will also now disable your stolen device from iMessaging.

It’s not surprising that Apple hasn’t tried to draw more attention to the fix. Earlier this year, the company denied there was a bug in iMessage, despite the fact that it compensated a victim of it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

    This happened to me with a girl i suspected had stolen my phone that i worked with turns out one day i was texting something to my self and my own imessage account responded to me saying how have you been! It was her! Caught red handed. Thanks imessage glitch!

  • http://thedevicedr.wordpress.com/ thedevicedr

    These PUSH checks were actually implemented by Apple back in April-May 2012. Our Advanced Wireless Support team (for which I work at an the AT&T reseller) was doing intensive testing of these bugs in iMessage from January-May.

  • Guest

    If cobe lee is reading this or anyone reading this. should also know about imessage bug with comcast network in USA. Before iOS 6 picture message was a problem, but since the update, there are many complains about iMessage not working properly. Personally talking, I cant send anymore picture through iMessage if i am on comcast network or in other words if i am using internet service thought comcast. Pls if anyone any any idea, than shower some light on this topic.
    Thanks.

  • DesignedByKenty

    What they need to fix with Messages in general is on the iP4S. When a message is received in the lock screen & immediately unlocked, it plays the sound twice. Is there anyway to fix this?