Message that could crash iOS device

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While a lot of people might term most iOS devices to be very secure, they have had their own share of security breaches.

Recall that in 2016, a newly discovered malware, dubbed AceDeceiver, affected non-tampered iOS devices which was noteworthy because it showed that hackers are “getting around Apple’s security measures,” according to some researchers’ explanation. Although hackers are still primarily targeting Android devices, the researchers explained, that they are turning their attention on iOS devices “because they are so widely popular.”

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However, presently, its not a malware that is breaching the security measures of these iOS devices now, its a mere text message. This text message can permanently render your iMessage app useless is out in the wild, and this was demonstrated by a Youtuber. This exploit crashes iOS and a simple reboot won’t even fix it.

Message that could crash iOS device
Message that could crash iOS device

The message in question contains a large contacts file that is attached via iCloud Drive. Upon receiving the message, the message app freezes and the keyboard refuses to respond. The only way to exit is through the app switcher. Re-launching the message app still breaks it as only a white screen is shown, taking the user back to the home screen after some seconds.

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This malicious message permanently breaks the iMessage app and a user will be unable to read or reply any more message.

It appears the iMessage app crashes because it’s unable to decipher the contacts file. Apple will likely release a fix as this may become serious if widespread.


Our recommendations?

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If you own an iPhone, we are advicing that you do not open suspicious attachments and links. The only solution to such a scenario, if it happens, might be a full restore without backup which will result in a very great data loss on your part. You have been warned.


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