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How to (Temporarily) Fix the Apple iPhone Message Bug

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Earlier this week Apple’s messaging service was found to be vulnerable when a user’s iPhone received a specific string of unicode characters. Apple acknowledged the iMessage problem which was causing mobiles to completely shut down when opening the malicious mail and has now worked out a temporary fix which we will share with you now.

If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text with a specific string of characters:

  • Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”
  • Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again.
  • In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

Of course this is not a feasible long term solution and Apple is working on an update which will nail the bug once and for all. We’ll keep you informed on when that’s available.

Source: Apple Support

Also See: This single text message is crashing people’s iPhones

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