IOS 11.2.5 Beta 6 Fixes the ChaiOS Messages Bug

The so-called text bomb bug can crash an iPhone with a single message. Yui Mok

The bug, which is dubbed chaiOS and is wreaking havoc on iPhones and iPad, freezes and then crashes the device if you open a specific link sent via iMessage.

"Effective Power is back, baby!" he added, in reference to a 2015 bug which spread after Reddit users found non-Latin script sent via text could force iOS reboots.

A newly-discovered security flaw has been flagged by software developer Abraham Masri.

As ever, the best method of defence against this kind of bug is to regularly update your phone, tablet and computer's software. If a user receives a text with the URL through iMessage, it can lock the device, even if he or she doesn't click on it. According to Apple Insider, the website link tries to exploit a bug by creating an excessively long tag and when the app tries to render a preview the app tends to crash. However this is not the first time that a harmful message has been able to cause trouble on an iPhone. Despite this action, Masri maintains that users might not be safe from the link as anyone can access his GitHub account and possibly disseminate it.

A security vulnerability affecting both iOS and MacOS has been discovered.




Masri claimed that he released the bug "to get Apple's attention" and that "Apple needs to take such bugs more seriously".

"My GitHub is publicly accessible, so anyone can copy [the code]".

Since, Apple has not commented on the problem, it is unclear if they are working on a fix.

We tested the bug and experienced pervasive issues that required removing the message thread and in some cases digging in to macOS and removing the whole Messages database and starting over.

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