New Apple 'text bomb' bug causes iPhones to crash

How friends or hackers could crash your smartphone by sending a 'text bomb'

A "new" bug has been discovered in iOS that can cause the Messages application to malfunction, forcing it to freeze and respring - throttling the performance of the affected iPhone (or iPad) in the interim. The bug gets into action even if the victim doesn't click on a specific link sent through iMessage to deliver it. Masri revealed in a Twitter post that the flaw, which he named ChaiOS bug, could freeze your iPhone.

Remember when you could send and receive a prank text message or email without being malicious?

Users have reported their devices freezing, crashes and restart loops, before eventually being returned to the Lock Screen. However, if someone injects an excruciatingly long string and then the Messages app has to show a preview of that link based on the metadata, it essentially crashes.

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This time previous year, YouTube channel Everything Apple Pro published details about a crash message bug that caused iPads and iPhones running iOS 10.1 or below to crash. He explained he only published the alert to force Apple into dealing with his initial bug report.

Abraham Masri found the bug, dubbed "chaiOS", while trying to break the OS.

Masri had posted a link to the code on programming site GitHub, saying: "I made my point". The people over at 9to5Mac tested it out, and it certainly messed up their devices.

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Luckily for iPhone and Mac users, the "chaiOS" text bomb bug is more annoying than risky. Once enabled, they should enter the offending domain, in this case "GitHub.io", to the "Never Allow" list.

Tech giant Apple has not yet commented on the issue.

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