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Apple promises fix for 'chaiOS' Messages bug, which can crash your iPhone

19 January 2018

Someone who secretly hates you or loves to torment you only needs to text you a link that looks pretty harmless at first glance, and in most cases, your iPhone's Messages app will crash.

As if Apple didn't have enough on its plate dealing with backlash caused by shady iPhone "power management" operations, yet another major iOS bug has been discovered.

A new flaw which can make your iPhone crash from just receiving a message has been discovered and has been dubbed "text bomb".

A bug called "chaiOS" is wreaking havoc on iPhones.

Users don't even need to click on the link itself within iMessage, as the pressure put on the device from the preview alone is apparently sufficient to throttle it. He explained he only published the alert to force Apple into dealing with his initial bug report. The message also causes the Safari browser on macOS to crash, and causes other slowdowns, according to the report. "My main goal was to reach out to Apple and say, 'Hey, you've been ignoring my bug reports.' I always report the bug before releasing something". On clicking the link, iMessage will crash completely.

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He added that the idea behind the latest tweak is to enable people to have meaningful interactions when they are on the site. Zuckerberg said in a live video on September 21: "I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity".

iOS 11.2.5 is no more than a bug fix release and does not bring anything new to the table in the features department.

You are affected by this bug if your device runs iOS 10.0 through 11.2.5 Beta 5 and some macOS computers.

The code has now been removed from GitHub, disabling the "attack".

There's no word on whether Apple will issue an update to fix, though this is likely. He said he'd reported the bug to Apple the previous day, he told BuzzFeed, but had not heard anything from the company.

Apple promises fix for 'chaiOS' Messages bug, which can crash your iPhone