Apple promises fix for chaiOS iMessage bug that crashes Messages next week

The flaw was discovered by software developer Abraham Masri based in Chicago who shared a link which can be used to crash the app on social media. He wrote a warning to accompany his post on Twitter'Do not use it for bad stuff
Warning: A simple text message can crash iOS and macOS
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19 January, 2018

There's a new Apple "text bomb", which can cause an iPhone or even a Mac to crash and in this particular instance, the text is shared in the form of a website link on iMessage.

The bug can be activated on somebody's device by simply sending them a message containing a link, which is included in Masri's tweet.

It's also possible for chaiOS to wreak havoc with macOS, as there are reports of it crashing the Safari web browser. "My main objective was to reach out to Apple and say, 'Hey, you've been ignoring my bug reports.' I always report the bug before releasing something". Describing how it worked in a blog at the time (translated into English), he wrote: "When your victim clicks on the message, their Messages app will attempt to load a large amount of data". Worst of all, the harmful link will lead to a crash or freeze even if you leave it alone and never actually tap on it. When the link to the page is sent, the iMessage generates a preview on the receiving device, which is when the problems begin. Despite this action, Masri maintains that users might not be safe from the link as anyone can access his GitHub account and possibly disseminate it. 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.

He claimed Apple needed to "take such bugs more seriously", in a series of tweets detailing the flaw, dubbed chaiOS.

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Considering Apple's software's bad time from the end of past year, the company is expected to be more alert and responsive in 2018.

So far, Apple has not released a patch to fix the bug.

It was seen that the chaiOS bug has the ability to crash the Messages app on iPhones.


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