This Text Message will 'Blow up' your Apple Gadgets

A newly-discovered security flaw has been flagged by software developer Abraham Masri.

To this, award-winning computer security expert Graham Cluley wrote on his blog: "Something about the so-called ChaiOS bug's code gives your Apple device a brainstorm".

Masri posted a link to his code on the programming site Github, and the link to the code on the specific page was all that was needed to trigger the iMessage application to crash in many cases. It looks like Masri's account has also been blocked on Github, though he says he had no malicious intentions when posting about the isssue.

When a message with a URL embedded is receive by iMessage, it will go online and generate a small thumbnail preview of the link. Masri's warning in his tweet to "not use it for bad stuff" is not a joke - several people who couldn't resist finding out what would happen are shouting about it in his replies. "My main objective was to reach out to Apple and say, 'Hey, you've been ignoring my bug reports.' I always report the bug before releasing something".

The link originated from GitHub, but it has now since been taken down completely.

Apple has faced a number of embarrassing security mishaps over the past few months, with majority affecting macOS.

Apple hasn't yet commented on the flaw, but we will be sure to update this article if we hear more from the manufacturer. Their devices froze and crashed.

In 2015 Apple has already faced a same issue when iMessage was brought down by a string of Unicode characters. But given that it patches the ChaiOS message bug, therefore it's likely that the "fixing" horizon extends to other realms too.

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