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Another iMessage Bug Has Been Found

Another iMessage Bug Has Been Found

A malicious link, dubbed "chaiOS", is spreading through iMessage, causing the Messages app to break and freeze on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. "Btw, I always report bugs before releasing them".

The specially-engineered link is created to exploit a relatively new feature within the Messages app; the ability to preview web URLs within the chat.

This bug, while not a security issue, is a problem for Apple following the root access flaw in its High Sierra OS for Mac computers. If someone uploads it elsewhere and texts you the link, your iPhone will still be vulnerable. Since this exploit relies on automatic link previews, typical security advice - don't click on random links - doesn't apply.

BuzzFeed's report has a few helpful tips for how to protect yourself from the bug, so head over there for more. It now appears Github banned Masri, effectively taking down the link.

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"Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient's device, and possibly restart it", he tweeted on Wednesday.

Today in India, there are 740,000 app economy jobs attributable to iOS and Apple believes that this can increase substantially. 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. The ChaiOS bug hasn't found any solution yet.

Apple has not commented on the problem so it is unknown if they are working on a fix.

Masri said he published the bug to alert Apple. The link has also been shown to cause lag in Messages and iOS in general in addition to the iPhone crash, and in some rare cases may make the Messages app completely useless.