'Text bomb' bug slows down Apple's iPhones and Macs

Randall Craig
January 19, 2018

The security flaw was discovered by software developer Abraham Masri, who informed Apple of the bug before releasing details of it on Twitter. The message also causes the Safari browser on macOS to crash, and causes other slowdowns, according to the report.

In some cases, if messages are in a recurring loop, the app will continue crashing no matter how many times you attempt to open it. You don't want your gadget to get infected with malware, ransomware, or a bug that causes all kinds of technical issues. "And please, please, don't be tempted to try the text bomb attack out on anyone else - you're not being amusing, you're just being a j**k".

All users have to do is send a link to a web page hosting a piece of JavaScript code that attempts to send an SMS message. However, iOS is not immune to annoying glitches as witnessed by the latest chaiOS bug.

The bug is triggered by sending a string of code to an iPhone in an iMessage, Apple's internet-based text messaging system.


Meanwhile Buzzfeed reports that the text bomb affects all Apple devices running iOS 10 up to iOS iOS 11.2.5 beta. This renders the attack useless unless someone was to copy the code and post it on another platform to be disseminated again. Until a fix is officially released, you can't do much to work around the issue, especially if you receive a link to an unknown website.

TrustedReviews suggests if users have received the link, quit the Messages app, delete the entire conversation thread using either the iPhone, iMac or MacBook.

Apple has yet to respond to the bug, but give the severity, it could be addressed in a security update soon.

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