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



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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121 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

21. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The point. 1.8 million feet Your head.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No phone is safe.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

19. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

31. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My boy is back.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup, he's back.

51. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

61. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 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.

94. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't flatter yourself. The world doesn't revolve around you. It's one of the first few images in Google search. You and your 8 aliases would know that if you actually used your brain...assuming you have a brain.

104. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "Hell yes I mimicked you, Meanestgenius. I'm nothing but a simpering, brainless idiot that loves to mimic you and further reveal my hypocrisy. I also love to project on you the fact that I have several multiple accounts, but I'm not man enough to admit it. I'm also extremely jealous that the one upvote I got was from the one faux account of mine that hasn't been banned yet." There. I fixed your BS post for you.

123. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Translation from bullsh- to English: "I'm just projecting again. Mxy has once again put me in my place and I'm too much of a cowardly keyboard warrior to admit it to someone far superior. I'm just a simple knuckle dragged with an uncanny ability to deflect and project. " No need to thank me.

133. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Here you go mimicking me again, and you're using your 12 year old replies again, just like NoToFanboys said. You're so predictable and pathetic. You're even using my term that I use to describe you all the time, "cowardly keyboard warrior". I really am your idol. You want to be me so bad, I bet good money that you'd break into my house just to try on clothes and colognes. You'd probably even drink my bath water, thinking it would bring you closer to being me. You're so pitiful and pathetic.

142. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm eating popcorn to this thread LOLLL.

143. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! This is quite entertaining, isn't it?

147. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You making yourself look like a tool is entertaining.

151. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You making yourself look like an idiot is always entertaining.

146. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol can't say you don't get any entertainment from Jerry(me) and Tom(alpha).

152. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, still mimicking me all the way into 2017, huh? I already used that line on you first in a BlackBerry article. New year, but same old mxy mimicking me in an attempt to be me.

115. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

And he's throwing those 12 year old replies again.

124. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Spoken like a 12 year old.

144. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Thanks for proving my point.

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