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iOS update fixes glitch that let’s others crash your phone with a text message

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Last week, software developer and researcher Abraham Masri shared details of a bug that would allow others to freeze your iPhone with a quick text message.

Apple has just pushed out iOS update 11.2.5, which patches the issue.

This bug, the likes of which are often referred to as a “text bomb,” had a would-be attacker send a URL via text message. When the recipient’s phone started processing it for preview, the device would start doing all sorts of weird things — from freezing, to home screen crashes, to kernel panics.

The company rarely says much about the whats and whys of a bug, but it mentions in the security notes that it stemmed from the way links received in text messages are processed and presented.

Apple credits Masri for finding the bug.