Apple bug can crash your iPhone with just a text message

However, the link started being shared quickly on social media.

A security researcher, Abraham Masri, has discovered a new bug within Apple software that causes iPhones and Macs to crash if they receive a message containing a specific website link.

As Engadget notes, the bug does not appear to cause lasting damage, but it can cause major irritation.

You don't have to click the link to be impacted, someone just has to text it to you.

In some cases, if messages are in a recurring loop, the app will continue crashing no matter how many times you attempt to open it. It adds that just receiving the message is good enough to cause a crash. If someone is looking to build mobile applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, an iOS developer can help you get started.

Masri said he published the bug to alert Apple: "My intention is not to do bad things". The only reason he chose to go public is that Apple ignored his bug reports.

After posting about the "chaiOS" bug on the GitHub page, it was taken down by administrators before being restored a few hours later. "But, thankfully, more of a nuisance than something that will lead to data being stolen from your computer or a malicious hacker being able to access your files".

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A simpler solution would be to force quit iMessage and then delete the entire conversation.

There's no word on whether Apple will issue an update to fix, though this is likely. We can't say for sure as the complete details regarding the update are now unknown.

The bug affecting Apple products has been christened "chaiOS".

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