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Wi-Fi Issues Slow Down New Apple iOS 6 Operating System

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Just hours following the release of iOS 6 yesterday, some users posted a complaint in regards to their device’s Wi-Fi connectivity. It appears that the issue is coming from a network verification system flaw.

Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues on iOS 6

A couple of hours after Apple released its latest mobile operating system, some users have reported a “Page Not Found” error when trying to browse on Safari with iOS 6. Initially, it is unknown what could have caused the connectivity issues.

It appears that the problem stemmed on how the mobile OS handles network verification. Apple’s Web browser is led to a special page in order whether an accessible Wi-Fi connection is present. Apparently, the page has gone down. In fact, one user claims on the company’s Support Communities that his iPhone was working fine when he first downloaded the iOS 6. An hour later, he found out that his device cannot connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

According to recent reports, the issue rooted from a network verification process baked into the software. This system lets the OS load a dummy page on Apple.com to detect if a user is connected to a paywalled network. Unfortunately, the verification page always results in a 404 error. Thus, some users were not able to connect to Wi-Fi.

Good thing, Apple was quick to resolve the issue by reactivating the iOS 6 webpage, which is used for network verification purposes.

SMS Spoofing Flax Fixed with iOS 6

In addition, Apple rolled out a patch on the SMS spoofing flaw, which was found last month, with the release of iOS 6.

The vulnerability was discovered by a hacker last August, saying that it is related on how the previous iOS iterations handle SMS messages. Older versions of the mobile OS support certain optional features in the SMS specification’s User Data Header, including the “reply to” address.

Hackers can use this vulnerability to send spoofed text messages to another iPhone user with any reply number. That way, they can trick iPhone users that the SMS came from a known party. Because this feature is not supported by all phones, most carriers overlooked this part of the SMS. This means that the vulnerability appears limited to iPhone users.

Now that iOS 6 is already available, it was reported that Apple was able to fix the flaw. What’s more, the new mobile OS no longer allow SMS spoofing to trick iPhone users.

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