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ChaiOS Bug Causes An iPhone Crash When This Link Is Texted

A software developer has unearthed a security vulnerability in iPhones which can crash iPhones and cause them to restart simply by sending an iMessage.

It's also possible for chaiOS to wreak havoc with macOS, as there are reports of it crashing the Safari web browser. "Btw, I always report bugs before releasing them". The victim doesn't even have to open the Messages app for the hack to take effect. Apple's response, apparently, was to get the code yanked from the internet, but that's, at best, a short-term solution.

"Text bomb, text bomb, you're my..."

Abraham Masri, the person who discovered the bug, says it creates a number of issues including "freezing, resprings, battery issues, and more".

The bug affects phones running iOS 10 up to at least iOS 11.2.5 beta 5, according to BuzzFeed.

It is very important for Apple to roll out a fix in the next iOS that could help in a quick sanitization of any links that generate previews.

Now Apple has confirmed a software update for the so-called "text bomb" will roll-out next week (via MacRumors). Being shared in the form of a link this freezes the receiver's phone and causes a frenzy in your messages app, distressing your iPhone, iPad and Mac. This renders the attack useless unless someone was to copy the code and post it on another platform to be disseminated again. We've reached out to Apple to confirm that their team is aware of the bug, and to see if there are any fixes in the works. Even resetting is somewhat problematic in that issues will persist until the entire thread containing the link is deleted from Messages.



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