Apple iOS 11 Bug Can Crash iPhone Apps, Disable Devices

17 February, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Elena Summers
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You basically need to ask a friend to send another text message, and then delete the original thread containing the buggy characters.

As The Verge reported, the bug also afflicts other third-party applications, such as Gmail and Outlook for iOS, while others like Skype and Telegram seem to be unaffected. It gets worse from here as the bug will continue crashing the apps until you remove the character from the app which is hard if you can't open the app.

According to Italian Blog Mobile World, who first spotted the bug say that the vulnerability crashes the app in which the character appears and can send the affected device into recurring reboot. Now, a new bug has been discovered wherein a single character in Telugu can crash devices running iOS. In this case the entire SpringBoard may crash. The error is caused when the default San Francisco font across Apple devices tries to render the Telugu characters, PCMag quoted Aloha Browser as saying in a tweet.

The problem, however, is not limited to iOS apps.

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The offending character is used in the written version of a Dravidian language in India, which is spoken by approximately 70 million people, 7 News reports. The only solution at the moment is for users to find a way to delete the message without having to view it, but that's not possible for every app. As per some reports, the bug also comes into effect when inserting the Telugu character in text editors like TextField, Labels, TextView.

But you'll be using this very modern expression which begins with a vowel if hackers use the ancient Indian language to crash your iPhone: 'OMFG!'

A fix for the problem is on the way from Apple, which is likely to arrive ahead of the projected iOS 11.3 mid-year update from the company.

The bug has been addressed in the latest beta versions of macOS and iOS so it should be gone when the next software update is released.



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