Hackers Using ChaiOS 'Text Bomb' to Crash Macs and iOS Devices

Leigh Mccormick
January 19, 2018

(Web Desk) - One simple text message containing a link to capitalise on the major flaw in iPhones can freeze and crash Apple devices, a security researcher told in his startling claim.

Reminiscent of the old "Effective Power" bug that has long caused iMessage apps to crash on iOS devices, a new bug nicknamed chaiOS has surfaced this week with similar repercussions. "... I always report bugs before releasing them". On macOS, Safari or Messages apps will slow down to unusable speeds and eventually becomes unresponsive. Apple's response, apparently, was to get the code yanked from the internet, but that's, at best, a short-term solution. We recommend that you restart your device once you remove the bugged link, just to be safe. However, Github wasn't too happy and took down the page, while also suspending Masri's account.

Someone who secretly hates you or loves to torment you only needs to text you a link that looks pretty harmless at first glance, and in most cases, your iPhone's Messages app will crash.

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

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The bug was tested on an iPhone X and iPhone 5s, and affects all iOS versions from 10.0 through 11.2.5 beta 5.

"My GitHub is publicly accessible, so anyone can copy [the code]".

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