On the 18th of January 2018, a new bug surfaced in the “Apple Planet”. It is Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo on twitter) who had launched the alert. Indeed, in a tweet, this software developer says that IOS devices can be crashed by only one text message. The only thing required is that the phone receives a message that contains a link to the bug’s code.
This code was first released by Masri on the programming site GitHub. Note that the bug works even if the user of the phone doesn’t click on the link.
The bug is called “ChaiOS”
This bug will not damage your phone; it will not put a total chaos in your iOS device. Although, the bug may force your iPhone or your Macbook to restart, cause some slowdowns, it is nothing else than annoying.
This is not the first time Apple has had issues like this
Like Abraham Mari said in his tweet: “Effective Power is back baby!” In 2015 a similar bug had spread over the internet. You just needed to text: “effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ冗” and your iPhone will reboot automatically.
Masri has deleted the code
“My GitHub is publicly accessible, so anyone can copy [the code]. I’m pretty sure someone else has posted it, but I’m not going to rehost it,” he said. GitHub suspended Masri’s account but after few hours they restored it. The issue is that somebody might have re-uploaded it elsewhere on the internet.
Masri said that he always reported the bugs before uploading them; he also said that he reported the bug on the 15th of January but he didn’t get a response from Apple saying that the bug will be fixed.
“I made my point. Apple needs to take such bugs more seriously.” Said Masri who just wanted to help IOS users at the start.
Apple didn’t reply on this case and it seems that the technology giant has not expected those types of bugs. However, those little incidents did not prevent Apple to perform great sales with the launch of their new iPhone X in September.