Beware: Apple iMessage 'text bomb' can cause your iPhone to crash

19 January, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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Security researchers have warned about a devastating text bomb SMS that if opened will crash any iPhone or iPad. Sending the "chaiOS" link can cause the recipient's Apple product to crash even if the recipient doesn't click on it, computer security analyst Graham Cluley writes on his blog.

While Masri's proof-of-concept webpage was originally hosted on GitHub, the site has since taken down the page and his account was temporarily suspended (it has since been reinstated).

A new bug was recently discovered by Twitter user Abraham Masri. According to BuzzFeed News, which first reported this issue, the system can crash without the user even clicking on the link or opening the message in question.

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Masri warned in the post: "Do not use it for bad stuff". Meanwhile, keep an eye on the upcoming software update released by Apple that patches the bug.

Techs at 9to5Mac tested the bug and found that it does indeed crash the entire device in many instances. The only reason he chose to go public is that Apple ignored his bug reports.

He says the fault is "more of a nuisance than something that will lead to data being stolen from your computer or a malicious hacker being able to access your files".

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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.

In 2015 Apple has already faced a same issue when iMessage was brought down by a string of Unicode characters. We're hopeful that apart from iOS 11.2.5, Apple will implement the same fixes in macOS as well with the release of High Sierra 10.3.3 some time later this month.

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