New Apple iOS Bug Causes Shut Downs And App Crashes, But There Is A Fix
A new iOS bug has emerged recently that allows iPhone users to crash another person’s iPhone by simply sending a text message. The text message causes the victim’s iPhone to continuously crash if the text is received while in lock screen mode. The bug also causes the iPhone to reboot without notice. The crash appears to take place only if there is iPhone to iPhone communication, according to 9to5Mac.
A string of specific Arabic characters used in the text message causes the crash. If you have received the text message that causes the crash, then you have been targeted as part of a prank. The bug does not happen by accident since the character strand is a very specific set of Unicode characters. Below is a screenshot from a Reddit discussion bringing up the issue:
A bug identical to this issue also plagued iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 in August 2013. The bug was due to Apple’s CoreText rendering engine in iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 causing an app that tries to render a string of Arabic characters to crash. Apple’s engineers ended up patching that Unicode bug through its iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 software update.
Many victims of the new Unicode bug went on Twitter to vent about the issue. Here is what some of the victims wrote:
Sarah Margo @sarahcmargo
If one more person sends me that stupid turn off your iPhone text I'm gonna be so mad.
Did my iPhone really just turnoff Bc of that text.
Someone sent that message that makes your iPhone turn off to make me text back.. I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my phone 😑
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