iOS Text Bug Also Affects Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and Other Apps

The iOS bug that was discovered earlier in the week and causes an iPhone to crash after receiving a specific string of symbols and characters, today expanded to both the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps (via The Guardian). The bug not only crashes an iPhone, but causes the Messages app to repeatedly crash after being opened to anything other than the conversation in which the string of characters was located in.

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Although the issue was known to be routed in banner notifications when it was discovered, thus opening a wide range of apps that could be hit by the malicious text, today's news confirms that third-party apps can successfully transfer the bug. In Twitter, any direct message or public mention that includes the string of characters will cause a recipient's phone, with notifications turned on for Twitter, to crash immediately. A similar situation occurs when sending text chat via the Snapchat app, permanently crashing an iPhone when the user goes to read the message.

As noted in the original story, and just last night confirmed by Apple, a temporary fix for the bug remains in place in which a user can use Siri to reply to the malicious message thread in order to prevent Messages from crashing every time it is opened. The company promises that they "will make a fix available in a software update," but a time frame for any such fix wasn't given. Given that third-party apps are now becoming affected without as clear of an easy fix, Apple will probably try to put that update out as soon as possible before more permanent damage befalls any users.



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25 months ago
I actually see that as a feature. Whenever I want to get my daughters attention (while she is on Facebook or any other mobile site/app not listening to her surroundings) I just send her that text. This gives me a few seconds until the phone has rebooted to talk to her :-)
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25 months ago

But, but..I buy Apple for the premium user experience. I was told by the millions of blind followers that the extra money I was paying for my Apple product was for that Premium User experience. You know, unlike the lag, bug, malware ridden issues from that "OTHER" OS.
Oh, I know what I'll do, I'll patiently wait for a fix like I do for all the other issues that have effected millions of iOS users, then forget this even happened. That way I can go back to believing in paying extra for inferior hardware because I'm enjoying a PREMIUM USER EXPERIENCE. Excuse me now while I order my drink. Bartender, I'll take a cherry Kool Aid with my beer.


I'm sorry this bug has ruined your week and made you feel like a pathetic loser.
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25 months ago
This has to be the most childish bug ever. Basically it is the online equivalent of a shot to the family jewels.
Rating: 5 Votes
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25 months ago
This is a bit disturbing - this means that the issue is with Apple's Unicode parsing and may pop-up anywhere on iOS... hopefully they will not just fix that particular character sequence but review the whole parser :eek:
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25 months ago
They won't fix it. Jony Ive will make it thinner.
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25 months ago
this is annoying and somewhat bad ... but not as bad as all the media hype around it. 99.9999% of the people would normally not type that text and the big hype will hopefully be over in a few days - if fixed or not, it is not a super urgent problem.

(it is really annoying for school kids - in my sons High School some of the android users are constantly sending this text to all the iPhone users - but he has blocked most the idiots by now)
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25 months ago

But, but..I buy Apple for the premium user experience. I was told by the millions of blind followers that the extra money I was paying for my Apple product was for that Premium User experience. You know, unlike the lag, bug, malware ridden issues from that "OTHER" OS.
Oh, I know what I'll do, I'll patiently wait for a fix like I do for all the other issues that have effected millions of iOS users, then forget this even happened. That way I can go back to believing in paying extra for inferior hardware because I'm enjoying a PREMIUM USER EXPERIENCE. Excuse me now while I order my drink. Bartender, I'll take a cherry Kool Aid with my beer.


Wow....while you're at it, with your Cherry Kool Aid and Beer, get a chaser of Life has stomped me and I'm super Bitter. Might take the edge off your kool aid.
Rating: 3 Votes
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25 months ago

People are not attacking iOS or Apple, they're bringing to light how it's millions of blind followers like to spread FUD about other OSs while being in complete denial of the fact that iOS is no different than any other OS when it comes to bugs and issues. These blind followers have extremely short memories so the point must be made when the issue is fresh.


you simply spend too much time reading flame-war comments from other teens on the internet. real life offers no such time and effort on such frivolous things that truly matter to no one other than those commenting.
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25 months ago

If you write <unicode> it will break any app!!! I had to reinstall google translate because of that!!!!

Had to register just to post that clearly making sure that you include the actual problematic text (because without it somehow the statement wouldn't work), right? :rolleyes:
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25 months ago
I blame ISIS for the attack! :p
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