Apple posts official workaround for Messages bug, says it will be sending a fix

Apple posts official workaround for Messages bug, says it will be sending a fix
Just the other day, we told you about a bug that was causing the Messages app in iOS to crash while also causing iPhones to reboot while on the lock screen. You probably know the story by now, a certain combination of Arabic symbols sent from one iPhone to another via Messages will set off the unwanted responses.

Apple has updated its support pages to include a workaround that you can use until a fix is sent out by the company. The workaround has three steps. One, ask Siri to read unread messages. Two, use Siri to reply to the malicious message. Once you reply, you will be able to open Messages again. Lastly, go to Messages and swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or, you can long press on the malicious message, click on "More" and select delete.

Apple says that a permanent fix is being worked on and will be included in a future software update. No date or timetable was mentioned as to when Apple iPhone users can expect to receive this update. Yesterday, we passed along some unofficial ways to workaround the issue


source: Apple via AppleInsider

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57 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

"Malicious message" lol

2. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I laughed a little to hard when I read that too.

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

You are sending it wrong ~ Apple

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lmao!! +1 dude.

67. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

PA keeps on deleting my comments. Funny thing is they don't delete all patriot account who is obviously trolling. Typical PA always the love for apple fans. No wonder GSMarena is reliable in terms of tech news. To all PA moderator and I'll never acknowledged you as tech journalists cause we all know that you just copy paste all your article and your so called original article needs to proof read by a "professional".

10. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗 ??

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Can anyone send me a copy of that message? You know, for academic purposes.

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً 冗 رً ॣ ॣ ॣ Either would do

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗 Worked on my friend's 5S I'm going to try more later

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

So it has to be effective and power too in the message right?

52. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm not sure That message (including effective and power) worked on my friends iPhone 5S I think the screen might need to be on too

53. TyrionLannister unregistered

Didn't work on my friend's iPhone 6. :(

5. INTERNATIONALPATRIOT unregistered

Good job for addressing the bug. Send fix soon so that user will have better experience

68. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

PA keeps on deleting my comments. Funny thing is they don't delete all patriot account who is obviously trolling. Typical PA always the love for apple fans. No wonder GSMarena is reliable in terms of tech news. To all PA moderator and I'll never acknowledged you as tech journalists cause we all know that you just copy paste all your article and your so called original article needs to proof read by a "professional".

7. wonderboy68

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If you take the words out and only send the Unicode it will fatally kill the message app. Only way to fix that is. Open note and then create a note and share it to the person who sent you this. Then delete the Unicode message.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

pretty funny how bobby buster and the other patriots dont defend apple and only come to android articles to bash.

11. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Curious? Because there's nothing to defend. Mind Lollipop's memory leaks.

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I got diarrhea reading your posts.

46. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Try cancer from reading his dribble

69. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

PA keeps on deleting my comments. Funny thing is they don't delete all patriot account who is obviously trolling. Typical PA always the love for apple fans. No wonder GSMarena is reliable in terms of tech news. To all PA moderator and I'll never acknowledged you as tech journalists cause we all know that you just copy paste all your article and your so called original article needs to proof read by a "professional".

30. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

of course there isnt anything to defend, you cant defend it.

62. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Go home Jake.Lee. You're drunk.

23. INTERNATIONALPATRIOT unregistered

Why so much war mate? Peace.

43. ohplease

Posts: 40; Member since: May 12, 2015

The other "PATRIOTS" and Bobby are creating wars with Android users with their constant trolling. It is not mandatory to hate Android to be an Apple user.

50. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Patriots and Bobby the builder are the same person but multi accs

54. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

He is Jakelee, not bobbybuster.

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Tried to troll my friend with this, but realized that it was not working anymore because the messaging apps have blocked it. So, boo...killjoy!

24. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's why I'm glad Google is moving to independently updated apps vs system updates for some things.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

I keep trying this on my wife's phone - it does not work. Tried it from hers to mine - also doesn't work. How do u make it crash?

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the screen needs to be on This is the message I tried, worked on my friend's 5S effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗

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