You Can Crash Any Mac Or iPhone With A Single Character

17 February, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Sergio Cook
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Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device's home screen.

If you do get sent the character, you should get someone else to message you and delete the message and the thread containing it.

Trying to open a message with this symbol in iMessage or other apps that rely on Apple's UIKit framework for text rendering, like Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and WhatsApp, will cause a crash.

A MALICIOUS "text bomb" is causing Apple devices to crash leaving users unable to access their messages.

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"When the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, it can freeze up the entire Messages app on all of a person's Mac and iOS devices", MacRumors reported.

"If the character is displayed within an application, the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it". However, reports have surfaced of late that suggest Apple is concerned about the number of issues affecting iOS. Your only hope is to find a way to delete the message or email from another device to free your iPhone from its cycle of trying and failing to load the character. It isn't like Telugu is particularly rare: it's a Dravidian language native to India and spoken by around 75 million people, making it the third most common native language in the country. The new bug affects a broad swath of Apple devices and crashes almost any major app they run, making it particularly destructive if not resolved quickly. Apple's next major software update, iOS 12, is expected to come out this fall.

Warning about the bug, engineers at software maker Aloha Browser said the symbol is actually two Telugu characters that when translated mean the word "sign". "It seems, however, that the beta of iOS 11.3 is already immune, which is a good signal". The company is working on a fix for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 versions that have been affected by the bug.

The Verge says there is a do-it-yourself fix that sometimes works.

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