Temporary Solution If You Received Message That Crashed Your iPhone

Hi Guys,

You must have heard about a recent bug which causes iphone/ iOS devices to crash.

https://thehackernews.com/2018/02/crash-iphone-text.html

I tried this with my friend Akshay Sarode and we came up with a temporary solution for this issue.

Steps to reproduce:

If you send those ‘Evil’ characters to a friend via SMS. It will crash his app. so, if you send those evil characters in whatsapp, you will end up crashing his whatsApp. if you send those characters in SMS, his iMessage will crash.

Yes it’s that simple! However, some apps like Skype are prone to this vulnerability.

Solution:

In Whatsapp, sender can use ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature to remove those ‘Evil’ characters. or sender can send another message, which will prevent the application from crashing..

We came up with this idea,

If same sender sends another SMS with normal text like Hii, Hello etc, iphone will show new SMS in the list showing new SMS instead of old SMS with ‘Evil’ characters. then the victim can delete entire conversation without opening the SMS. It worked!”

 

Please, Share this article to iPhone users! there is no need to uninstall whatsapp or any other application to fix this issue!

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About Ashutosh Barot

Ashutosh Barot is a Security Researcher, Tech Enthusiast, studied M.Tech in Cyber Security and Incident Response at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat. Now working at a Big 4 as a Cyber Security Consultant. He has been acknowledged by various organizations such as Twitter, Symantec, J.P.Morgan, Trend Micro, Avira, Verizon Enterprise, Go Airlines, Codecademy etc. for finding out security flaws in web applications.

Ashutosh Barot

Ashutosh Barot is a Security Researcher, Tech Enthusiast, studied M.Tech in Cyber Security and Incident Response at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat. Now working at a Big 4 as a Cyber Security Consultant. He has been acknowledged by various organizations such as Twitter, Symantec, J.P.Morgan, Trend Micro, Avira, Verizon Enterprise, Go Airlines, Codecademy etc. for finding out security flaws in web applications.