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Apple promises fix for ‘chaiOS’ Messages bug, which can crash your iPhone

Apple has promised a fix is incoming for a malicious text message issue, which has been causing the iOS and, reportedly, macOS devices to freeze.

As we reported yesterday, the chaiOS bug centres around a link that, when delivered, will stop the affected device in its tracks.

Now Apple has confirmed a software update for the so-called ‘text bomb’ will roll-out next week (via MacRumors).

The company hasn’t confirmed which version number this will be, but the fix will likely be detailed within the release notes.

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

According to the man who discovered the bug, Abraham Marsi, the link’s metadata features hundreds of thousands of characters, which is causing the Messages app to become unresponsive.

Masri created a page to test his theory and in the hope of pushing Apple into a fix.

In a tweet he urged people: “Do not use it for bad stuff.”

One of his testers (@aaronp613) confirmed the bug worked, saying: “The device will freeze for a few minutes. Then, most of the time, it resprings.”

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This isn’t the first time the Messages app has been struck by a damaging bug. Similar problems emerged in 2015 and 2016.

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