Researcher discovered new Apple’s latest security flaw ‘text bomb’ that freezes your phone
A security researcher, Abraham Masri, has discovered a new bug within Apple software that causes iPhones and Macs to crash if they receive a message containing a specific website link. Masri revealed in a Twitter post that the flaw, which he named ChaiOS bug, could freeze your iPhone.
Masri warned in the post: “Do not use it for bad stuff.”
Masri link takes you to a site that contains hundreds of thousands of unnecessary characters within its metadata. Renowned veteran anti-virus expert Graham Cluley said the newly discovered bug did not represent a major security threat but merely an nuisance to Apple consumers. He said: “Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug’s code gives your Apple device a brainstorm. Ashamed about the mess it gets itself in, Messages decides the least embarrassing thing to do is to crash.” He added: “Nasty. But, thankfully, more of a nuisance than something that will lead to data being stolen from your computer or a malicious hacker being able to access your files.”
In another Twitter post, Masri went on to say he released the bug to get Apple’s attention.
The bug I released was to get @Apple's attention. It's just an html file.@Github always hosted jailbreaks (even .ipa files) that might've included malware. I don't understand why you'd ban my account.
Btw, I always report bugs before releasing them.
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 17, 2018
No word yet from Apple on when it plans to roll out security patch for this bug. We’ll be monitoring the story as it develops.