Yet another malicious iMessage bug that can literally kill it

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Here we go again, yet another iMessage bug that is going to be a bit of a headache until Apple patches the problem. Previous iMessage bugs were a pain in the butt causing target devices to shut down and reboot when the message was opened. This particular iMessage bug is a bit more concerning as the target device will completely lose the use of the iMessage app. Twitter user @vincedes3 is the one who discovered the bug and he shows it in action in the YouTube video below.

How does it work? It’s a lot of text loaded by iOS and it crashes the app. When you click, iOS want to read the text, the text in the file is very complicated for the system and cause a CPU average: the app freeze. You close the app, want to reopen but iOS want to reload the previous message but can’t because it’s the vcf file.

In the past, people have used an iMessage bug like this to prank each other and reboot their targets devices. This one is a bit more damaging if the target doesn’t know how to fix the problem. Yes, there is a supposed fix through a “magical link” provided by @vincedes3. There are some reports that even that link isn’t fixing all devices that have been affected so it’s highly recommended you do not attempt to initiate this bug yourself.

The best way to protect yourself is to ignore odd iMessage’s that have file attachments, especially with a .vcf file extension tagged on. We’d also recommend against using this bug as a prank as you could permanently kill someone’s iMessage app. Apple will probably have a fix up for this shortly, they usually get these iMessage bugs fairly quickly.

What do you think of the latest iMessage bug? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.


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