Beware! An iMessage Bug Can Crash iOS with a Single Text Message

Messages on iOS macOS crash when receiving this link

Going back into the thread in Messages that contained the link would cause the app to continually crash, which forced both parties to delete the thread. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Masri explains that he created a webpage hosted on GitHub and stuffed its metadata with hundreds of thousands of unnecessary characters.

If you click on the link it can cause your Messages app to crash, force your gadget to return to the lockscreen or even restart your gadget on a loop. It adds that just receiving the message is good enough to cause a crash.

Users who receive the chaiOS link will be effected from the moment they receive the message, with the iOS link preview feature opening a snippet of the webpage meaning a user will be effected even if they don't press the link themselves.

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While he may have wanted to get Apple's attention, it also gave others the chance to grab the code before the Github page was taken down, meaning more opportunities for malicious hacks to mess with unsuspecting users. This unfortunate effect is the outcome of the app preloading the page with the code that causes the issue, crashing the app before you can even click the link.

The vulnerability is similar to a bug called Effective Power which was first reported in May 2015. So, if the link is coming from GitHub, for example, go to your Safari settings, then General Restrictions Enable Restrictions Websites Limit Adult Content Never Allow GitHub.io. According to the experts at Yalu Jailbreak, the bug affects iMessage apps on macOS High Sierra, iOS 10 to 10.3.3, and iOS 11 to 11.2.1. Of course, if the message comes from a friend, why would you think it's malicious? Let's hope Apple responds quickly to this issue with a software update. I made my point.

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