Apple will fix the 'chaiOS' text message bug next week

Apple iPhone text crash

The bug can be activated on somebody's device by simply sending them a message containing a link, which is included in Masri's tweet.

Beware: Apple iMessage "text bomb" can cause your iPhone to crash and here's how it works.

Security researchers have warned about a devastating text bomb SMS that if opened will crash any iPhone or iPad. Worst of all, the harmful link will lead to a crash or freeze even if you leave it alone and never actually tap on it.

The bug - named ChaiOS - seems to be causing issues for iOS from 10.0 and above. These problems faced by iPhone users which received a certain string of characters via text message. He explained he only published the alert to force Apple into dealing with his initial bug report.

As Engadget notes, the bug does not appear to cause lasting damage, but it can cause major irritation.

The bug was reportedly first discovered by Twitter user Abraham Masri and the folks over at 9to5Mac then tested it out. "Btw, I always report bugs before releasing them".

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.

"Ashamed about the mess it gets itself in, Messages decides the least embarrassing thing to do is to crash".

A security vulnerability affecting both iOS and MacOS has been discovered. Finding working copies of the bug isn't easy, thankfully as the link, as well as other mirrors of it, have been taken down from GitHub.

Masri also reported the issue to Apple, but now he's deleted the code, it shouldn't affect any more phones - unless it is re-uploaded and reshared at a later date.

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