New Apple 'text bomb' bug causes iPhones to crash

In May 2016, it was also reported that Apple iPhones on iOS 8.3 could crash when a message containing a specific string of text was sent.

A new security flaw, described as a "text bomb", has been discovered on Apple's latest devices.

One of his testers (@aaronp613) confirmed the bug worked, saying: "The device will freeze for a few minutes".

The bug affecting Apple products has been christened "chaiOS". In 2015, an iMessage bug caused phones to crash if they received a text with the words "effective". Apple's response, apparently, was to get the code yanked from the internet, but that's, at best, a short-term solution. This causes iOS to panic, and repeatedly crashes the Messages app.

The bug was reportedly first discovered by Twitter user Abraham Masri and the folks over at 9to5Mac then tested it out.

Other issues included Safari crashing and "dramatic lag" in the Messages app on iOS and macOS.

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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".

All users have to do is send a link to a web page hosting a piece of JavaScript code that attempts to send an SMS message.

The flaw affects iOS versions 10.0 to 11.2.5 beta 5. This renders the attack useless unless someone was to copy the code and post it on another platform to be disseminated again.

Luckily though, Apple is well aware of the problem and has put a fix in place with the release of iOS 11.2.5 Beta 6 which was seeded to developers nearly 24 hours ago.

According to security expert Graham Cluley, the bug is more of an annoyance than a threat to files being accessed and any data being stolen from the user.

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