Malicious 'Text Bomb' Is Crashing People's Phones

17 February, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Tracy Craig
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A new bug has been discovered in Apple's iOS software which causes iPhones to crash when sent an Indian character in a message.

A fix for the glitch is expected once Apple release iOS 11.3 which is expected sometime in the next few months.

We picked up on a report earlier today about a new bug in iOS 11.2 that's making iPhones crash and even disabling access to apps like iMessages and WhatsApp. Some phones are crashing while others lose the function of apps like Gmail and Facebook Messenger. In trying to load the characters, the device and potentially the apps too crash.

The bug affecting Apple devices is caused by typing a single Unicode symbol.

The character comes from the Telugu language, a Central-Southern Dravidian dialect spoken in India by about 70 million people, around five percent of the total Indian population. The bug has been spotted on the current iOS 11.2.5 version, but it is apparently fixed in the 11.3 beta update.

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Mobile World suggests that, in that case, users wait for the device to reboot itself automatically, because forcing it to do so may result in a bootloop.

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. However Telegram and Skype are OK. And then there's Darren Martyn, who posted a video on Twitter where he crashes people's Mac networking app after he added the Telugu symbol to the name of a Wi-Fi network.

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.

Starting this April, all iOS developers are required to make their apps compatible with the iPhone X, meaning their design must put into consideration the phone's almost bezel-less OLED display and the huge notch above.

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