For an iPhone lover, the worst nightmare they can go through is paralyzing your iPhone! Well, it’s one nightmare that can actually happen to you too if you send this deadly text message!
A newly discovered iOS bug, called ‘ChaiOS’, lets an attacker construct a simple text message which, when sent to an iPhone, immediately freezes and possibly restarts it. Abraham Masri identified the bug while “fuzzing with the operating system”.
An Apple spokesperson confirmed, “a fix is coming in a software update next week.” Twitter user @aaronp613 tested the bug and tweeted about it.
According to him, not only does it render an iPhone unusable for a few minutes, but the recipient’s Message app will stop loading messages and will keep crashing.
It affects iOS versions 10 to 11.2.5 beta 5, but it hasn’t been tested on the latest iOS beta, 11.2.5 beta 6. And Masri claims the same bug can also affect Macs.
👋 Effective Power is back, baby!
Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient’s device, and possibly restart it. https://t.co/Ln93XN51Kq
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 16, 2018
Twitter user Eric Ramírez points out, you can simply block the domain of the message in Safari — in the case of the original message,.
How to protect yourself: block the domain in safari restrictions, iPhone wont overload even if you get the link pic.twitter.com/lHrrczTuWS
— Eric Ramírez (@eric_rmrz) January 17, 2018
All these issues were subsequently fixed with software updates. Be careful!
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