ChaiOS Text Bomb Bug Crashes iOS Messages App And Freezes iPhones

ChaiOS Text Bomb Bug Crashes iOS Messages App And Freezes iPhones

Lindsey Duncan
January 19, 2018

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.

A notorious bug, dubbed "chaiOS", has been discovered that can freeze or crash your iPhone. That update includes AirPlay 2 features and is now at its sixth beta version so it's possible we could see it ready by next week, or the fix could be included in iOS 11.2.3 as Apple seems to have left room for bug fixes in between versions. Hence, when this URL is received by any iOS user, it tries to load the preview and hence causes the crash. You don't want your gadget to get infected with malware, ransomware, or a bug that causes all kinds of technical issues. It also appears that once the messages app crashes due to this bug, it is unable to restart.

The link originated from GitHub, but it has now since been taken down completely. Masri claims to have reported the bug already.

Apple has faced a number of embarrassing security mishaps over the past few months, with a lot of them affecting macOS.

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"Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug's code gives your Apple device a brainstorm".

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

Those updates don't significantly impact performance on iOS devices, per Apple.

According to security expert Graham Cluley, the bug is more of an annoyance than a threat to files being accessed and any data being stolen from the user. 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.