Apple Promises To Fix Latest iPhone Crash Bug Before iOS 11.3

The bug, first reported by Italian Blog Mobile World, impacts Apple apps running on the latest version of iOS 11.2.5 and macOS.

The vulnerability was discovered earlier this week and involves sending an Indian language character (in Telugu) to devices that crashes an iPhone and further blocks access to apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp. According to the report, you're only able to regain access to Messages when the person who sent you the character deletes it from your conversation.

Unfortunately, even after affected users manage to get their device working, the problem will continue every time they reopen the app with the offending message. The issue does not affect Telegram and Skype, the Verge reports.

The severity of opening the text with the bug in it is such that once you open it, the app which you used will keep crashing, no matter how many times you try to open it. Messaging apps will not open as they are unable to load the bad character.

All public iOS betas are safeguarded, and Apple has confirmed a fix will be released in a forthcoming software update for other versions of iOS, prior to the iOS 11.3 download expected in the spring.

Apple has been troubled by a series of issues lately, including a separate iOS bug called 'chaiOS' that was exposed by a researcher on GitHub. The site further states that the specific characters will crash any app on which the characters are displayed. Once it is received, the iOS SpringBoard application immediately crashes, and then the system prevents the application from loading. Apple released this news in an email yesterday, encouraging adoption of the latest iOS 11 features such as Core ML, SiriKit and ARKit. And if you reboot your device before Springboard resets, your device will go into a boot loop and will not start up.

  • Carolyn Briggs