How A Single Character "Text Bomb" Can Crash Your iPhone And Mac
How A Single Character "Text Bomb" Can Crash Your iPhone And Mac
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17 February, 2018, 01:31
APPLE IS FIXING an iOS 11 glitch which causes iPhones and MacBooks to crash after receiving a single character in the Indian language Telugu. Between a critical security bug in macOS, a brand-new product being launched late and without half of its features enabled, or a throttling feature being snuck into an iOSupdate, it seems that something is wrong in Apple's development process. The bug will specifically block access to iMessage and apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Gmail.
The bug was first highlighted by an Italian website, Mobile World.
A MALICIOUS "text bomb" is causing Apple devices to crash leaving users unable to access their messages.
It isn't like Telugu is particularly rare: it's a Dravidian language native to India and spoken by around 75 million people, making it the third most common native language in the country.
However, the good news is that the bug has been addressed in the latest beta update pushed by Apple which should fix the issue for everyone else soon enough. That option apparently is to receive the same message again from the same number and then delete the entire thread. Mobile Worldsaid its tests showed the bug affected devices running iOS, macOS and watchOS, and crashed applications that included WhatsApp, Twitter, Note, and Safari, among others.
The ChaiOS hack, revealed in January 2018, causes devices to crash and can delete all your messages, affects any device running iOS and Mac OS.
The Verge further suggests that the issue has also been resolved in the public beta of iOS 11.3. Telegram and Skype appear to be unaffected.
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Given how quickly Apple releases software updates, it's likely that the company will push out some sort of update that fixes the bug soon. Apple apologized for not being more transparent about how it handled performance issues with older phones.
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