A newly discovered security vulnerability in all apple devices that can freeze your iPhone, and even macs. The Vulnerability can also crash the devices at times.
A Software developer Abraham Masri found the bug, called “chaiOS,” and posted it on GitHub Tuesday afternoon.
The vulnerability is an exploit in imessage messaging system wherein a massively long strings of text information, overloads the system. Reported effects include freezing, crashes, restarts and resprings, a process which takes about 10 seconds and returns you to the Lock Screen.
Here is the original tweet by Masri. His hosted code on GitHub has been remobed though.
👋 Effective Power is back, baby!
Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient’s device, and possibly restart it. https://t.co/Ln93XN51Kq
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 16, 2018
While we do not know of any data leakage or security compromise that can be used using this flaw, the fact that this can be triggered by merely sending the strings to target systems makes it a scarier than the regular nuisance