The iOS bug that was discovered previously in the week and triggers an iPhone to crash after getting a specific string of signs and characters, today expanded to both the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps (by means of The Guardian).
The bug not only crashes an iPhone, however triggers the Messages app to consistently crash after being opened to anything besides the discussion where the string of characters was located in.
Although the concern was understood to be directed in banner notices when it was found, hence opening a wide range of apps that might be hit by the harmful text, today’s news verifies that third-party apps can effectively move the bug. In Twitter, any direct message or public mention that consists of the string of characters will certainly cause a recipient’s phone, with notices switched on for Twitter, to crash right away.
A comparable scenario occurs when sending text chat through the Snapchat app, completely crashing an iPhone when the user goes to read the message.
As noted in the original story, and just last night validated by Apple, a short-term repair for the bug remains in place where a user can utilize Siri to reply to the harmful message thread in order to prevent Messages from crashing whenever it is opened.
The company assures that they “will certainly make a fix offered in a software update,” but an amount of time for any such fix had not been provided. Given that third-party apps are now ending up being affected without as clear of an easy fix, Apple will probably attempt to put that upgrade out as quickly as possible before more irreversible damage befalls any users.