IPhone Telugu text bug crashing your phone? Here's how to fix it

Feb 21, 2018, 00:31
IPhone Telugu text bug crashing your phone? Here's how to fix it

On Jan. 23, Apple released the iOS 11.2.5 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update fixing multiple security issues, including the ChaiOS flaw that enabled attackers to crash a device with a text link.

Some Apple products including the iPhone would crash when sent a specific series of Telugu or Bengali letters.

As well as iMessage, the same bug also affected other messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter on iOS.

For iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, the fix is included in the new iOS 11.2.6 release, which also "fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external devices", according to Apple's release notes. One security researcher used the Telugu text bomb in a test in which he was able to get the Uber app to crash on Uber drivers' devices.

Updating to the latest iOS version should mean that the iPhone Telugu bug will be fixed forever.

The issue also caused problems for a number of apps.

iOS 11 has reportedly been the buggiest and most unstable iOS version Apple has ever rolled out.

Then, when you go to reboot your device, this bug will lock-up the Messages app as well. This is a critical software update and all the iOS users are prompted to install the latest patch as soon as possible to prevent crashing of certain apps. This can be done by going to the Settings app, tapping "General" and tapping "Software Update". The malfunction causes CoreText to access memory that is invalid, which forces the operating system to force shut down any affected application or even the SpringBoard - a core part of the iOS - if the character finds its way to the notifications screen.

In iTunes, select the device's icon from the upper left bar.