An exploit that causes both Macs and iOS devices to crash was discovered yesterday, reports 9to5Mac. A specific sequence of Arabic characters causes an error that will crash any application that uses the WebKit engine in either Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) or iOS 6.

When sent via text message, iMessage, Messages, or typed in Safari, the sequence of characters will cause apps to crash.

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This bug does not work on any other operating systems and does not allow anyone else to access your computer remotely because of it, but being a recipient (or even sender) of these characters may make your Messages app unusable, cause Safari/Chrome to crash, or not allow for scanning of SSIDs (if the string is broadcasting as a Wifi network name).

Apple has fixed the exploit in both iOS 7 and Mavericks (OS X 10.9), which means people running those operating systems are not vulnerable. All other users can be affected by the issue, which has apparently existed for more than six months.

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nagromme Avatar
118 months ago
Can you paste the text in here for us to see.

:D:D

If you even see a screenshot, you will die in seven days :eek:
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centauratlas Avatar
118 months ago
Can you paste the text in here for us to see.

:D:D
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
petsounds Avatar
118 months ago
FWIW, Firefox does not crash - they must be using their own text engine. Safari and Chrome do.

My bigger question is, why is this not a front-page story, while a story about (what is basically an ad for) SimCity is?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
118 months ago
This seems like a bug then an exploit? If you could then access a users computer or phone then it would be an exploit?
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H2SO4 Avatar
118 months ago
How do people even find stuff like this???
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FirstNTenderbit Avatar
118 months ago
/buys roll of foil

/makes foil hat

/logs into MR to make post


Apple will not fix this vulnerability because they want to increase the adoption rate of Mavericks and iOS7

/wraps iPad in foil
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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