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.