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This Text Message will 'Blow up' your Apple Gadgets

19 January 2018

The bug manifests when a text is received (or sent) that contains what appears to be a GitHub link.

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A new flaw called "text bomb" has been discovered, affecting Apple's iPhone and Mac computers. Although the bug does not cause permanent damage, it will cause restarts and multiple freezing. But given that it patches the ChaiOS message bug, therefore it's likely that the "fixing" horizon extends to other realms too.

Dubbed "chaiOS", users who receive the malicious link will be immediately affected as the feature typically allows users to preview web links. You don't want your gadget to get infected with malware, ransomware, or a bug that causes all kinds of technical issues. He said: "Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug's code gives your Apple device a brainstorm". We're hopeful that apart from iOS 11.2.5, Apple will implement the same fixes in macOS as well with the release of High Sierra 10.3.3 some time later this month.

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Masri claimed that he released the bug "to get Apple's attention" and that "Apple needs to take such bugs more seriously". This renders the attack useless unless someone was to copy the code and post it on another platform to be disseminated again.

The bug can also stop an iPhone from running iMessage, but deleting the message thread, resetting the device or blocking the site's domain should fix the issue. He said he'd reported the bug to Apple the previous day, he told BuzzFeed, but had not heard anything from the company.

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This Text Message will 'Blow up' your Apple Gadgets