PSA: this website crashes most browsers, can cause iPhones and iPads to reboot
posted by Mihai A. / Jan 25, 2016, 12:30 PM
The website is intuitively called CrashSafari.com, and it does what its name suggests and even more. In fact, we tried to load it up in Chrome and Firefox on Windows, Chrome on Android, and each browser crashed. In some instances, such as Safari on the iPhone and iPad, the website can cause a complete reboot of the device. Funnily, the website doesn't do its trick when opened in Internet Explorer 11.0 on Windows 8.1.
Obviously, we want you to take our word on this and avoid going to the website. Unfortunately, however, it looks like social media pranksters are running the address through URL shorteners and maliciously include it in apparently unrelated posts. From the looks of it, the pranks are succeeding: one of the shortened URLs was visited more than 100,000 times, and we're sure that many other similar links exist.
On the upside, the misbehaving site does not pose a security risk. It does not steal your data, it does not contain worms, trojans or other forms of malware. It just crashes your browser. At the most, it reboots your iPhone or iPad.
As a matter of precaution, you might want to think twice before following any short links. The prank is likely to fade into obscurity as days pass.
source: CrashSafari.com via The Guardian
Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013
On Microsoft Edge broswer, it types out a bunch of letters and numbers and asks..."What were you expecting?" Haha. But didnt crash it, didnt cause a reboot. A browser crash is common even with trusted verified and signed websites, but causing your device or computer to reboot is really bad. Is this a security issue? Because the text message that cause iOS mobile device to crash and reboot really isn't funny at all and appears to be a security risk. Code that can crash a running operating system today and force your device to reboot is really bad.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 12:37 PM 8
Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013
For my Nexus 5 Firefox: same message also with a window saying warning unresponsive script, option to stop or continue waiting. Tried continue waiting for a few minutes nothing happened Chrome: my brightness manager (Lux) got kicked out of ram multiple times, then Chrome crash and Nova launcher had to reload
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 1:58 PM 3
Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011
Yup. I wish Edge supported extensions I use on FF and Chrome as both those browsers have become bloated and sloppy in recent updates (bikeshedding I'm guessing). Instead I have to use alternatives such as Pale Moon, Waterfox, Ice Dragon, and Comodo Dragon. I'll try this om those browsers later on when I get home.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 2:50 PM 0
Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015
That does some serious s**t when accessed on chrome Android. FC on a few apps including Nova. Changed wallpaper! Really interesting.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 1:00 PM 0
Tried it on chrome(64-bit) on windows 10 and expectedly, the browser froze. I launched the task manager to see what was happening and saw disk usage ->100% and chrome taking more than 200 MB RAM per second. Within a few seconds, chrome took over 6 GB of RAM. Closed the process immediately. On microsoft edge, it doesn't even load.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 1:13 PM 3
Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015
I have Chrome 64-bit too on Windows 8.1 and I can verify this. If I don't close the process ASAP, RAM usage increases & it will render my laptop useless (froze) until I long-pressed power button. Same goes for Mozilla Firefox. On my Zenfone 5 (with stock lollipop 5.0.2), I tried loading that site using stock ASUS browser & it doesn't load but I can't load another website in new tab. No increase in RAM usage. I also tried loading that site on my Xperia E1 (android kitkat) with Naked Browser and the browser froze. Surpisingly IE11 shows the message "What were you expecting?".... lol P/S: All browsers mentioned are updated to latest version.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 5:31 PM 0
iPhone 6S+. No crash or reboot for me. Cus I didn't visit. At this point it's just a "click this button to restart your springboard" button.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 1:43 PM 0
Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014
On Firefox for Android (Galaxy Note 3) under Lolipop, the browser detected an unresponsive script and gave me an option to terminate it. I terminated the script, then the browser displayed "What were you expecting?" I closed the browser and continue to live life happily ever after. No crash, hang, or reboot here.
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 3:53 PM 0
iphone 6s crashes and reboots - but only takes 3 seconds to reboot from time crashed to time you can unlock the screen (anyone else experience that?) EDIT: Apparently that's not OS Crash, it's a springboard crash - which does take only a second to go back to normal (instead of rebooting the OS)
posted on Jan 25, 2016, 5:30 PM 0
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