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New text message can permanently disable the Messages app on most Apple iPhone models

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In the past,we've told you about malicious text messages that can cause your iPhone to freeze. Last month, we warned you about a certain 3-second video from VK.com (which could be hidden under a goo.gl or bit.ly URL shortener) that will at first slow down your iPhone, and then freeze it. A hard reset is the cure.

Now, there is a new text message circulating via iCloud Drive that can damage the Messages app permanently on any iPhone running iOS 9 to iOS 10.2.1 (Beta 1 and Beta 2). This is accomplished by presenting the app with a humongous file that it is unable to decipher. As a result, once you try to open the attachment that comes with the text, the app is frozen. Going to the multitasking page allows you to swipe it away, but when opening the Messages app again, you are met with a white screen that eventually sends you to your home page. The bottom line is that the malicious message prevents those affected from being able to send and receive text messages.

Hard resets won't solve the problem and neither will turning the phone off and on several times. Obviously, this is a serious matter. If you receive a large contacts file via the Messages app, do not tap on the file. And we seriously suggest that you do not try to entice your friends or family to open it, either.

While Apple will most likely send out a fix OTA to remove this threat, be cautious about the messages you receive.

source: vincedes3 via RedmondPie

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posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:00 3

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm sure Apple will be on top of this.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:03 45

2. shaineql (Posts: 415; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


iOS , only OS in the world hackable by SMS lol.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:04 4

3. shaineql (Posts: 415; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


That time I restated people's iPhones by sending SMS , luled.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:10 11

4. blingblingthing (Posts: 559; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Bu bu bu Apple fans said iPhone was safe. It is Android that isn't safe

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:26 3

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3260; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


No phone is safe.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:28 7

7. Ticklemyfancy (Posts: 160; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


You're receiving it wrong.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:36 5

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/android-malware-sms/

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 11:38

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Android, the only OS where something like Carrier IQ and stagefrightgate can occur.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:15 13

19. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yea back in 2015, guess Apple is trying to copy Android again

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:25 18

21. shaineql (Posts: 415; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


What are you trying to say dude , this is an APP that has to be installed on device by stupid users. Jeez get overyourself and send me your phone number lel.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:50 3

23. Khyron (Posts: 240; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


This is a serious issue
within a text you can receive important stuff
another week
another flaw in the walled garden

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 12:53 7

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lmao! +1

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 13:21 13

27. sissy246 (Posts: 3371; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


No one said it's never happened to Android.
Its Apple users that brag how safe IOS is.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 14:15 9

31. maherk (Posts: 4547; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And yet you claim that you aren't an iOS user and are a proud Nexus 6p user.
It's time for you to come out from your closet and admit you're an iPhone user, because trust me, no one is buying your crap.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:10 7

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 23402; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My boy is back.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:53

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The point.

1.8 million feet

Your head.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:54 1

38. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yup, he's back.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:57 2

39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"And yet you claim that you aren't an iOS user and are a proud Nexus 6p user."

Your point?

"It's time for you to come out from your closet and admit you're an iPhone user, because trust me, no one is buying your crap."

Why don't you just get over it, majerk? Why is it so hard for you to comprehend that I'm a Nexus 6P user, but I still like iOS? Is it because my 6P is still working, not exploding or is it just you being salty?

Do I need to get the Butthurt Form for you to fill out?

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 15:59 2

42. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Should have known you would show up.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 16:05 7

46. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Should have known you'd be running defense with your deflections all over this comments section for Apple.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 16:19 7

49. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2473; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So, you bash Android at any given chance yet still use an Android phone? You're like the guy who knows a Note 7 is dangerous yet still uses one. LOL

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 16:36 9

50. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


But he calls everyone else a hypocrite....smh....

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:03 3

51. maherk (Posts: 4547; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Check his comment below, he couldn't come up with a new insult, so he is using yours lol

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:25 1

53. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


http://cdn.pophangover.com/wp-content/uploads/butthurt.jpg

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:26 1

54. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I only criticize when necessary.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:27 1

55. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You are a hypocrite.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:27 1

57. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Just like you with blackberry.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:36 9

61. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So you steal the exact same "butthurt report" that I posted in another article, but you don't mimic anyone? Looks like you're drunk off of that Hypocriskey that you've been talking about.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:36 7

62. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No one is more of a hypocrite here than you are.

posted on 29 Dec 2016, 17:37 3

63. meanestgenius (Posts: 15019; Member since: 28 May 2014)


That's it, continue with the deflecting and prove me right. I'm lovin' it! Lmao!

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