The 'Text Bomb' that could freeze your phone

A dangerous URL sent through iMessage is going viral

The 'Text Bomb' that could freeze your phone
Stars Insider

19/03/18 | StarsInsider


Abraham Masri, a software developer, found a security loophole in the IOS system that is dubbed "ChaiOS" or the "Text Bomb." Without even opening the link, a phone that receives the text will freeze for a few minutes, then the Messages app will lose the ability to load any messages and continue to crash. Masri posted the damaging link to Grit Hub, the leading software development platform, and shared it via Twitter. Though it was taken off the platform, the URL remains a security threat if received. Masri told Buzzfeed he discovered the software vulnerability “fuzzing with the operating system,” meaning he inputted various characters into the systems internal code. Masari tweeted to Apple saying it was a call for attention to an apparent opening for security damage, but claims he alerted them first: "The bug I released was to get @Apple's attention. It's just an html file. @GritHub always hosted jailbreaks (even .ipa files) that might've included malware. I don't understand why you'd ban my account. Btw, I always report bugs before releasing them." To stay safe from this viral threat, IOS users are instructed to delete the message thread if you can or block the GritHub domain in safari restrictions in the settings on your phone.


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