iOS 11.2.5 Beta 6 Fixes the ChaiOS Messages Bug
The ChaiOS Message Bug Has Been Patched in iOS 11.2.5. Will Hopefully Be Rolled Out to Everyone Soon.
Thanks to the magic of Unicode and a maliciously crafted URL, the text rendering engine of an iOS device can easily be overloaded, crashing everything in one fell swoop. Same goes for the Mac too.
Luckily though, Apple is well aware of the problem and has put a fix in place with the release of iOS 11.2.5 Beta 6 which was seeded to developers almost 24 hours ago. If you are not on the latest beta build of Apple's software then it's good practice to avoid opening all links that might seem a little 'strange' to you. We're hopeful that apart from iOS 11.2.5, Apple will implement the same fixes in macOS as well with the release of High Sierra 10.3.3 some time later this month.
The link originated from GitHub, but it has now since been taken down completely. But that doesn't mean someone out there won't replicate the entire thing once again just for the sake of fun. Therefore be extremely vigilant before you even think about opening up a link in Safari or Messages.
iOS 11.2.5 is no more than a bug fix release and does not bring anything new to the table in the features department. But given that it patches the ChaiOS message bug, therefore it's likely that the 'fixing' horizon extends to other realms too. Which ones, you ask? We can't say for sure as the complete details regarding the update are currently unknown. Whenever the update is released, hopefully later this month, we will report back on our findings and share with our readers what the update patches up.