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  • Security Fail: Read Deleted iPhone Emails


    Well if you thought that deleting emails on the iPhone meant you were deleting emails you were wrong. A new security bug has revealed that when you delete emails on the iPhone it doesn't delete them, it just makes them slightly harder to read.

    Step 1
    Delete your email. Remove it from trash. Check the mail server to confirm that the email is gone.

    Step 2
    Go to Spotlight on your iPhone and search for the subject line of the deleted email.

    Step 3
    Try to open your deleted email that appears in the Spotlight search results. Your phone will crash.

    Step 4
    Try again. You'll be surprised to find that your deleted email opens fine.

    While this is known to affect POP email accounts on the iPhone it is unclear whether or not it happens with IMAP accounts. Many reports say it does while many others say it doesn't -- probably depends on what IMAP email service you are using.

    Apple is aware of the bug and says that the fix will come in firmware 3.1

    via cultofmac gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Security Fail: Read Deleted iPhone Emails started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Yeppers... Big hole there apple...
    1. rodcolon's Avatar
      rodcolon -
      Delete the email from the server then delete the account on your phone. Then add the account back to the phone.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      scary, since i resold an iphone of mine
    1. Neo-Tech's Avatar
      Neo-Tech -
      If you restored you should be fine.
    1. Nellis's Avatar
      Nellis -
      This is a major issue, not just for the emails still being on the phone, but what about the memory this is taking up with potentialy hundreads of deleted emails being stored on the phone.?...
    1. joshzdad's Avatar
      joshzdad -
      Iphone deleted email bug quick fix! By M.Thurman

      rebooting iphone does not deleted them, using sbsettings to free up mem does not delete them either! Do the following "at

      your own risk"

      To fix the issue temporarily if you need to sell your phone and do not want any of your old e-mails found or read, do the

      following:

      #1 use iphone browser v1.9.1.0 to get into your iphone root directory "Be Careful""VERY DANGEROUS"
      #2 go to the followong directory /private/var/mobile/library/mail/
      #3 find the file "Envelope Index" and delete it
      #4 reboot phone and then search again for you emails!!! WALAAAA they are gone!!!

      Again this is only temp until you get more emails and read and delete them, then if you want to get rid of them you will

      have to do the above steps again!

      See ya!

      M. Thurman

      Iphone*deleted*email*bug*quick*fix!*By*M.Thurman

      rebooting*iphone*does*not*deleted*them,*using*sbse ttings*to*free*up*mem*does*not*delete*them*either! *Do*the*following*"at*your*own*risk"

      To*fix*the*issue*temporarily*if*you*need*to*sell*y our*phone*and*do*not*want*any*of*your*old*e-mails*found*or*read,*do*the*following:

      #1*use*iphone*browser*v1.9.1.0*to*get*into*your*ip hone*root*directory*"Be*Careful""VERY*DANGEROUS"
      #2*go*to*the*followong*directory*/private/var/mobile/library/mail/
      #3*find*the*file*"Envelope*Index"*and*delete*it
      #4*reboot*phone*and*then*search*again*for*you*emai ls!!!*WALAAAA*they*are*gone!!!

      Again*this*is*only*temp*until*you*get*more*emails* and*read*and*delete*them,*then*if*you*want*to*get* rid*of*them*you*will*have*to*do*the*above*steps*ag ain!

      See*ya!

      M.*Thurman

      Iphone*deleted*email*bug*quick*fix!*By*M.Thurman

      rebooting*iphone*does*not*deleted*them,*using*sbse ttings*to*free*up*mem*does*not*delete*them*either! *Do*the*following*"at*your*own*risk"

      To*fix*the*issue*temporarily*if*you*need*to*sell*y our*phone*and*do*not*want*any*of*your*old*e-mails*found*or*read,*do*the*following:

      #1*use*iphone*browser*v1.9.1.0*to*get*into*your*ip hone*root*directory*"Be*Careful""VERY*DANGEROUS"
      #2*go*to*the*followong*directory*/private/var/mobile/library/mail/
      #3*find*the*file*"Envelope*Index"*and*delete*it
      #4*reboot*phone*and*then*search*again*for*you*emai ls!!!*WALAAAA*they*are*gone!!!

      Again*this*is*only*temp*until*you*get*more*emails* and*read*and*delete*them,*then*if*you*want*to*get* rid*of*them*you*will*have*to*do*the*above*steps*ag ain!

      See*ya!

      M.*Thurman
    1. Pinko's Avatar
      Pinko -
      I bought IWipe but it does not work. does anybody can help me.
      Iphone 3g 3.0.
      thank you
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      I don't see this as a security problem. To read the deleted email means the your normal emails can also be read. How is one a security fail while reading the non-deleted one not a fail?

      I actually like this feature.
    1. .:MirrorminD:.'s Avatar
      .:MirrorminD:. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hyperextension View Post
      This does not work for me at all. I am on Exchange however and MobileMe.

      I tried this and I cannot find deleted emails with Spotlight after I have deleted them.
      I doubt it would work with exchange....when you delete it from the phone it permantley removes it from the exchange server. Apple would have zero control of it