iPhone’s killer unicode string

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You've probably heard about the message text that kills iPhones?  If not, here's Steve Pao, GM Security, explaining the issue on NBC:

 

 

Watch the video to see

  • A demo of how easy it is to send the bug
  • Why the bug is more of a nuisance than a threat
  • Why the code has proliferated so quickly
  • What Apple is doing in response to this bug

Apple has yet to release an official fix, but they did publish a support document in response to the issue.  The process to recover from the attack is short and simple:

  1. Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”
  2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.
  3. If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

Apple will be releasing a fix in the next software update.

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