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.