Bug In IOS Crashes Messages App If A Specific Text Comes In

By 10:47 Sun, 25 Jul 2021 Comments

Bugs are an integral part of software, but some are more fascinating (and potentially damaging) than others. Case in point: a recent bug in iOS renders the Messages app completely unusable if a certain text is received.

That text has to be formatted in a specific way, and it contains a specific string of characters. But once you acquire it, two things generally happen: if you were already in Messages, the app itself will continuously crash, becoming useless in the process.

Yet that's perhaps not the worst case scenario. If you receive the text while you're looking at the lock screen, your iPhone will spontaneously (and without any notice) reboot itself.

Unfortunately the special text can be sent from other iPhones as well as Android devices, so your friends (or even strangers) could be pulling a poor trick on you in the near future.

Of course, the fact that the string of text required to be used for this to happen is incredibly specific means that this is unlikely to occur accidentally. That might be a fine thing or a poor thing for you, possibly depending on how prank-inclined your friends are.

Interestingly, the crashing can be undone too - all that's needed is for the person who sent you that malicious string of text to sdiscontinue you another message, regardless of the content.

We assume Apple has already started working on a fix for this odd bug, so the situation clearly won't last forever.




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