Another iMessage Bug Has Been Found


A new flaw which can make your iPhone crash from just receiving a message has been discovered and has been dubbed "text bomb". Right now, the bug does not look to be anything more than another way to prank Apple users.

Recent reports have revealed that a new bug is causing Apple's ecosystem to be less than stellar as it can cause iOS devices to freeze and restart.

Masri has since taken the code needed for "text bomb" down from GitHub - a website for programmers where the code was hosted - and claims he won't reupload the bug in the future. Software developer Abraham Masri, the brain behind the bug, gave it the name "chaiOS".

Other issues included Safari crashing and "dramatic lag" in the Messages app on iOS and macOS.

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Because of the way links work in iMessage - the app generates previews of links before you click on them - you can be affected by chaiOS without even clicking on the link itself.

The flaw affects iOS versions 10.0 to 11.2.5 beta 5.

In a tweet he urged people: "Do not use it for bad stuff". That update includes AirPlay 2 features and is now at its sixth beta version so it's possible we could see it ready by next week, or the fix could be included in iOS 11.2.3 as Apple seems to have left room for bug fixes in between versions. "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", the developer said.

Apple has yet to release a fix for the bug, but it's likely that the company is aware of the issue, according to The Sun. Being shared in the form of a link this freezes the receiver's phone and causes a frenzy in your messages app, distressing your iPhone, iPad and Mac. If this sounds familiar, it is, as Apple is notorious for being vulnerable to similar bugs and viruses.