Discomforting news for iPhone users: Another alarming iOS sofware bug has emerged, and it's capable of wreaking havoc on your messaging apps with a single character text message. The new software glitch, which follows a long line of predecessors, was discovered by the Italian tech blog Mobile World and later tested by The Verge, which demonstrated its effect in a video.
The bug works quickly and effectively. After receiving a text message containing a single character from the Indian language Telugu, the Messages app on iPhones running iOS 11.2.5 will instantly crash. Receiving the message on third-party messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, What'sApp, Gmail, and Outlook for iOS has an identical effect. Occasionally, the message restarts the iOS springboard, prompting users to re-enter their passcode.
While Skype and Telegram seem to have been spared, other native apps baked into iOS, like Safari, Notes, and even the App Store are likely to crash upon receipt of the message.