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Apple promises fix for 'chaiOS' Messages bug, which can crash your iPhone
19 January 2018, 01:46 | Yvette Williams
Nicknamed "chaiOS", or the "text bomb", it's a text message containing a malicious link. Abraham Masri has shared a link on Twitter that can freeze a recipient's device, and possibly restart it, when sent in a text message. Masri previously reported the issue to Apple and claims he released it publicly to "get Apple's attention".
The specially-engineered link is created to exploit a relatively new feature within the Messages app; the ability to preview web URLs within the chat. You don't want your gadget to get infected with malware, ransomware, or a bug that causes all kinds of technical issues. And if you find this link on WhatsApp, Viber or other IM applications please do NOT open it. Once the link is clicked on, it will affect the user and sender of the link.
BuzzFeed'sreport has a few helpful tips for how to protect yourself from the bug, so head over there for more. Sometimes it causes lag, sometimes it triggers "respring", sometimes it crashes Messages, and sometimes it freezes the device. The link has now been taken down by the site.
A security vulnerability affecting both iOS and MacOS has been discovered.
You can also block the Github domain in Safari, but that won't work if someone has posted the code on a different domain. With no fixes available yet, Apple device users are at an alert and cautious of the messages hitting their smartphones.
The bug involves the Messages app, which conveniently loads a preview of any web link it receives.
Despite his actions and multiple e-mails to Apple for comment on the bug, the tech giant has yet to respond to the concern of the fans.
A new bug that targets the iMessage feature on iPhones called "chaiOS" is now floating around.
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