Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

This new content explosve crashes many Mac and iOS apps with a singular Unicode symbol


TechCrunch has schooled of a potentially critical new bug inspiring a far-reaching operation of Apple devices.

During their growth work on an general news feed, program engineers during Aloha Browser detected dual Unicode black in a non-English denunciation that can pile-up any Apple device that uses Apple’s default San Francisco font. The bug instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Watch OS inclination that arrangement content containing a pitch on their screens.

When one of a dual black is displayed in an app, a program crashes immediately. In many cases, a app can't be reopened and contingency be reinstalled. TechCrunch was means to reconstruct this function on dual iPhones regulating an comparison chronicle of iOS, one iPhone regulating iOS 11.2.5 and a MacBook Pro regulating High Sierra.

The bug crashes apps including Mail, Twitter, Messages, Slack, Instagram and Facebook. From a testing, it also crashed Jumpcut, a duplicate and pulp plugin for Mac. While it primarily seemed that a Chrome browser for Mac was unblushing and could safely arrangement a symbol, it after crashed Chrome and a program would not free but crashing until uninstalled and reinstalled.

TechCrunch has been in hold with Apple about a intensity timeline for a program repair and will refurbish this story accordingly. According to a group during Aloha Browser, Apple is wakeful of a bug and it might have been reported by another growth team, as well. [Update: Apple has reliable that there’s a repair entrance soon. Apparently this usually affects stream versions of a software, and this is already bound in a betas of iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS.]

This is Apple’s second content explosve headache of a year. In January, program researcher Abraham Masri detected an iOS glitch that authorised a specific URL to pile-up any iPhone it was texted to, infrequently ensuing in a heart panic. In 2016, another bug could pile-up any iPhone or a Safari browser if a user clicked a URL for CrashSafari.com. In 2015, a supposed “Unicode of Death” could overkill an iPhone’s memory regulating some Arabic characters. Now we’re looking during Unicode of Death 2.0.

Because so many apps are affected, a new content explosve could be used to emanate mass disharmony if spammed opposite an open amicable height or used to aim people around email or messaging. The new bug affects a extended swath of Apple inclination and crashes scarcely any vital app they run, creation it quite mortal if not resolved quickly.

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