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Text Bug Crashes iPhones – And What You Can Do to Avoid It

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:44 AM

A specific text message containing Arabic, Chinese, and Marathi characters can trigger a bug and crash your iPhone and other Apple devices, tech experts revealed this week.

CNET.com reported that the bug was first widely publicized by a Reddit user on Tuesday.

Soon after, Apple has confirmed the bug and said it would soon patch the flaw, but the vulnerability remains more than a day after being identified.

"We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," an Apple spokesperson said.

The string of Unicode characters apparently causes the iPhone to overload, crash, and reboot when the message is received while the smartphone is locked. Some Reddit users said that the crash can also occur when the text string is sent via a direct message on Twitter.

"The folks at AppleInsider sent the same text string during a normal iMessage conversation, and the iPhone did not crash or reboot. That test suggests the glitch lies more within iOS's notifications process and not within the iMessage app," wrote CNET.

Because the bug lies within the notification system, many technology blogs recommended defense precautions for users who suspect their friends or family may try to crash their phone.

They included turning off text notifications for the lock screen, or turning them off altogether.

The bug does not appear to pose any security problems, but has proven annoying for the victims of many pranksters.

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