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Meet The "chaiOS" Bug That Can Freeze Your iPhone With A Link

19 January, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Messages on iOS macOS crash when receiving this link

Users who receive a message containing this bug are warned not to open it because it will cause their devices to crash. The only reason he chose to go public is that Apple ignored his bug reports. Upon receiving the URL, Messages will freeze up and become unresponsive or respring. Apple's response, apparently, was to get the code yanked from the internet, but that's, at best, a short-term solution. In both 2015 and 2016, similar strings of text or dodgy web links caused phones to crash.

Advice for protecting yourself from this type of bug is simple: Don't press on links you're not familiar with, even if they're sent from someone you may know. Some users say their iMessage app didn't restart itself after it shut down and force-quitting wasn't an option.

BuzzFeed's report has a few helpful tips for how to protect yourself from the bug, so head over there for more. He tested chaiOS on an iPhone X and iPhone 5S, and said the bug affects iOS versions 10.0 through 11.2.5 beta 5.

Now Apple has confirmed a software update for the so-called "text bomb" will roll-out next week (via MacRumors). Today, Apple let us know that a fix is on the way. Once enabled, they should enter the offending domain, in this case "GitHub.io", to the "Never Allow" list.

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It was seen that the chaiOS bug has the ability to crash the Messages app on iPhones.

Apple has a new bug that it will need to deal with called "chaiOS".

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.

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