Apple’s ‘Text Bomb’ bug

Apple is rushing to fix a another ‘Text Bomb’ bug that crashes a number of iOS and Mac apps.

The bug is triggered when someone sends two Unicode symbols using Telugu Indian language characters to iOS and macOS apps using Apple’s default San Francisco font. The bug was first reported by Italian Blog Mobile World.  

Users are reporting apps freezing and devices crashing that then requires a restart.

Numerous iPhone users also said the messages disabled access to numerous apps such as Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook and Gmail running on latest iOS version 11.2.5. In many cases, impacted users have to delete and reinstall affected apps that have crashed. 

Droves of Twitter trolls were taking advantage of the flaw by sending out tweets with the symbols and also sending private messages in effort to crash a target victim’s apps.

One security researcher described how a malicious attacks could crash Apple’s networking application by adding the symbol in the name of the Wi-Fi network, according to a Threatpost report.

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