'Text bomb' bug slows down Apple's iPhones and Macs

'Text bomb' bug slows down Apple's iPhones and Macs

A software developer has dicovered a shocking new security flaw, "text bomb", which can reportedly crash any iPhone just by a text message.

As we reported yesterday, the chaiOS bug centres around a link that, when delivered, will stop the affected device in its tracks.

As we noted earlier this week, chaiOS was discovered by Abraham Masri and potentially causes crashes, resprings, and battery issues on the latest versions of iOS and macOS. It can also cause the Safari internet search tool on the company's Mac laptops and desktops to crash.

Masri warned in the post: "Do not use it for bad stuff".

Masri tweeted about the bug on Tuesday. Hence, when this URL is received by any iOS user, it tries to load the preview and hence causes the crash.

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One of his testers (@aaronp613) confirmed the bug worked, saying: "The device will freeze for a few minutes". Masri said his intentions were good - he had alerted Apple to the bug ahead of time and said he only posted it publicly to get Apple's attention.

The bug was first discovered by French Apple developer Vincent Desmurs.

"Nasty. But, thankfully, 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", added security researcher Graham Cluley. According to the experts at Yalu Jailbreak, the bug affects iMessage apps on macOS High Sierra, iOS 10 to 10.3.3, and iOS 11 to 11.2.1.

On Thursday, Apple said a fix is coming in a software update next week.

In 2015 Apple has already faced a same issue when iMessage was brought down by a string of Unicode characters.

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