Do not open: Devastating 'text bomb' can crash your iPhone

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Over the past couple of years, a odd new phenomenon has surfaced that involves links or strings of characters capable of crashing apps and devices. In yet another case of random strings crashing iOS devices, we have a new culprit that manages to freeze iPhone. As mentioned above, this isn't the first time that a similar bug has cropped up in the form of text and links, and the problem has affected the Safari browser in addition to iOS and Mac devices.

chaiOS works by inserting hundreds of thousands of characters into a web page's metadata.

Apple has yet to respond to the bug, but give the severity, it could be addressed in a security update soon. Researchers have advised to delete the thread if you see such a link being sent. Masri's warning in his tweet to "not use it for bad stuff" is not a joke - several people who couldn't resist finding out what would happen are shouting about it in his replies.

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"Ashamed about the mess it gets itself in, Messages decides the least embarrassing thing to do is to crash".

"Please don't be tempted to try the text bomb attack out on anyone else - you're not being amusing, you're just being a jerk". You don't even need to open it: the pressure put on the unit to render the preview shown in Messages is apparently enough to force the application to crash.

BuzzFeed's report has a few helpful tips for how to protect yourself from the bug, so head over there for more. And for heaven's sake, don't send it to an unsuspecting friend.


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