A simple text message can crash iOS and macOS

Allan Goodman
January 19, 2018

A newly-discovered bug infecting iOS and Apple Macs can allow pranksters crash your Apple devices by sending a simple text message, a security experts has revealed. Even without clicking the link inside though, merely receiving the text message can cause the recipient's phone to crash or restart itself. The message also causes the Safari browser on macOS to crash, and causes other slowdowns, according to the report.

Masri said he has reported bugs to Apple before releasing them but Apple has not commented on the matter. Many say the Messages app becomes completely unusable through constant crashing, especially if they try to re-enter the conversation. The bug gets into action even if the victim doesn't click on a specific link sent through iMessage to deliver it.

"Text bomb, text bomb, you're my..."

All users have to do is send a link to a web page hosting a piece of JavaScript code that attempts to send an SMS message.

Affected devices are said to experience freezing, crashes, restarts and resprings, a process which takes about 10 seconds and returns you to the Lock Screen.

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Apple confirmed a fix is coming in a software update next week.

No word yet from Apple on when it plans to roll out security patch for this bug.

A new bug was recently discovered by Twitter user Abraham Masri. Well, it appears as though it has been patched in the latest iOS 11.2.5 beta.

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"My GitHub is publicly accessible, so anyone can copy [the code]". The link preview contains the bug, and it can freeze iMessage all on its own.

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