Only just one character can crash your iPhone as well as also block access to the Messaging app in iOS as well as well-known apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, as well as also Gmail.
First spotted by Italian Blog Mobile World, a potentially brand-new severe bug affects not only iPhones although also a wide range of Apple devices, including iPads, Macs as well as also even Watch OS devices running the latest versions of their operating software.
Like previous ‘text bomb’ bug, the brand-new flaw can easily be exploited by anyone, requiring users to send only just one character by Telugu—a native Indian language spoken by about 70 million people within the country.
Once the recipient receives a simple message containing the symbol or typed in which symbol into the text editor, the character immediately instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches as well as also Apple TVs running Apple’s iOS Springboard.
Apps in which receive the text bomb tries to load the character, although fails as well as also refuses to function properly until the character is actually removed—which usually can be done by deleting the entire conversation.
The easiest way to delete the offending message is actually by asking someone else to send a message to the app in which is actually crashing due to the text bomb. This particular would certainly allow you to jump directly into the notification as well as also delete the entire thread containing the character.
The character can disable third-party apps like iMessage, Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, as well as also Outlook for iOS, as well as Safari as well as also Messages for the macOS versions.
Telegram as well as also Skype users appear to be unaffected by the text bomb bug.
Apple was made aware of the text bomb bug at least three days ago, as well as also the company plans to address the issue in an iOS update soon before the Discharge of iOS 11.3 This particular spring.
The public beta style of iOS 11.3 is actually unaffected.
Since so many apps are affected by the brand-new text bomb, bad people can use the bug to target Apple users via email or messaging or to create mass chaos by spamming the character across an open social platform.