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iOS Bug Can Cause a Device to Crash by Receiving Text

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May 27, 2015
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Apple’s mobile software has been stung by a particularly vicious bug that prompts iOS devices to crash when a particular sequence of unicode is sent via Messages. The combination of English and Arabic text, when received, has can cause springboard crashes and full-on reboots, and while we’d expect Apple to come through with a fix, it’s quite a nasty issue to have floating around.

The bug performs a denial-of-service (DOS) attack when said font combination is shared word-for-word, and for those interested, this is the text in question:

effective.
Power
لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ

Many disgruntled iPhone users have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure, as can be seen below:

Others, however, have seized the opportunity to have a little fun:

And, our personal favorite:

Jokes aside, though, let’s hope Apple fixes this issue before things get a little out of hand. The ability to DOS somebody’s iPhone or iPad may seem funny the first time, but as can be seen from a quick Twitter search of “turn off iPhone” or something to that effect, it’s not so hilarious when you’re on the receiving end.

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Have you had your iPhone or iPad crash due to this bug? Please share your experiences in the comments, and we will keep you updated on a potential fix from Apple.

(Source: 9to5Mac)

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