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This link will crash your iPhone or Mac

This link will crash your iPhone or Mac

Over the past couple of years, a odd new phenomenon has surfaced that involves links or strings of characters capable of crashing apps and devices. When iPhone users received a certain string of characters via text message, their phones would automatically crash and reboot. In that respect, it is similar to the "Effective Power" bug that was floating around back in 2015. If Messages app continues to crash, you might have to restore your iOS device, which is a pain. This concerning bug causes an iPhone crash when a certain link is sent, and in certain cases may freeze the iPhone or Mac entirely. A similar bug emerged this time previous year.

Abraham Masri, the person who discovered the bug, says it creates a number of issues including "freezing, resprings, battery issues, and more". "When Messages attempts to render a preview of the link, the app then crashes or hangs - and occasionally takes the operating system with it", the report said.

Other issues included Safari crashing and "dramatic lag" in the Messages app on iOS and macOS.

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Social media users at the time complained of being repeatedly sent the message by mischievous friends.

Apple hasn't commented on the issue as of yet, however it's likely the company will rollout a software update very soon to patch the issue.

Writing on his blog, award-winning computer security expert Graham Cluley said: "Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug's code gives your Apple device a brainstorm".


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