IOS Messaging Bug Can Freeze Your iPhone

"I found a (small) bug that causes device to freeze, respring, drains battery, and/or sometimes panic", Masri tweeted.

It is not the first time a developer has discovered a software bug that causes iPhones to crash simply as a result of receiving a text message. You don't want your gadget to get infected with malware, ransomware, or a bug that causes all kinds of technical issues.

On a Mac, the bug also slows the Safari web browser down and drains battery levels. From the iOS 11.1 bug which turned the letter "I" into a gibberish Unicode symbol, to the effective power bug that caused iPhones to shut down when a message was opened.

The device will freeze for a few minutes, after the link is sent, then most of the time, it resprings.

Named the chaiOS message bug, the issue occurs when users receive a certain text message with what looks like undiscernable text. When the recipient clicks on the link, Apple's Messages app freaks out, and ultimately crashes.

On Thursday, Apple said a fix is coming in a software update next week.

Masri tweeted out his findings and a link to the Github page where he uploaded the code. We expect Apple will be sending one out soon enough, although the company didn't respond to our request for comment, or give any additional details on what it's doing to fix chaiOS.

Cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley said it is "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". Masri tested chaiOS successfully on the iPhone X and iPhone 5S, and says it only affects versions of iOS from 10.0 to 11.2.5 beta 5.

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