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Apple 'text bomb' can crash iPhones with a single message

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Frank Williams | 18 January, 2018, 14:40

While Apple is yet to issue a patch to fix the bug, the only way remedy the flaw is to quit iMessage and delete the offending conversation thread from your computer. The so-called "text bomb" typically causes an iPhone to crash and, in some cases, restart.

After the link did the rounds on social media, Mr Masri removed the code from GitHub, therefore disabling the "attack" unless someone was to replicate the code elsewhere.

It appears the bug works the same way similar problems have in the past; when you text a link, Apple's message program attempts to open the link in the background for easy access, overwhelming the app. In this case, clicking on the malicious message, which was basically a large vcf file, would cause the app to crash and restarting it would also cause the app to crash.

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Twitter user Abraham Masri outed the bug and noted that its discovery marks the return of the "effective power" bug that has long caused iOS devices to crash when they received a set of specific Unicode characters in both iMessage and other communications apps. "... I always report bugs before releasing them".

Renowned security expert Graham Cluley said the newly discovered bug did not represent a major security threat. "I'm pretty sure someone else has posted it, but I'm not going to rehost it", Masri said. I made my point.

"Ashamed about the mess it gets itself in, Messages decides the least embarrassing thing to do is to crash". Right now, the bug does not look to be anything more than another way to prank Apple users. Instead, he said the "text bomb" was merely an annoyance to Apple consumers.

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