New iOS 11.2.5 bug: This Indian character will crash your iPhone and lock down the Messages app

A new plague is coming upon iOS 11.2.5 users and it's a nasty one.

It seems that a specific Indian character belonging to the Telugu language gets sent over iMessage or merely inserted into a text field will literally render your iPhone unusable. If you receive a message with that "malicious" character, your iPhone will reboot any time you tap the Messages icon as the system will unsuccessfully try to load the character time and time again. 

As of now, there is no "easy" way of fixing things n your own - the best bet is to have someone send you a regular text message then try as you might to successfully enter the Messages app and delete the message thread containing the faulty character. 

The bug seems to affect only iOS 11.2.5 users at the moment, and if you have a HomePod in your house, you are 100% vulnerable - this iOS version was a prerequisite to set up your HomePod in the first place!

That's totally not the first peculiar bug that has affected iOS devices. Just recently:

Those are fairly minor, but let's not forget the much more serious bugs that could permanently damage your iPhone if you set the date back to January 1, 1970, while a slightly-less harmful but unacceptable text-related bug plagued iOS in 2015: a specific string of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese characters sent through Messages or another third-party app could continuously crash your iPhone. Oh, and let's not forget the random video file link that would crash your iPhone a few seconds after it unsuccessfully tries to play it.

We hope that Apple fixes this loophole with an incremental software update as fast as possible as it could lead to abuse from ill-willed third parties. A good food for thought though - one could really wonder how many other non-English characters in iOS will eventually make headlines with their notorious ability to expose glaring loopholes in one of the world's most popular software products.



1. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Makes you wonder the stability of this system if a single , otherwise totally harmless character, can bring it down so easily.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. Has yet to happen with Android (to my knowledge - could be wrong though).

10. peace247 unregistered

Tsk tsk tsk.... Another day, another bug, another update. But on the bright side, they are getting more updates than android!

2. yassiedevil

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2018

Thank you. Come again.

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i see what you did there

18. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

What? Making a stupid racist comment?

4. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Pronunciation of that word is ' gna ' .....

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Are we even allowed to use the word 'indian' anymore?? This is bound to upset someone in some way right??

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I thought that the string of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese characters sent through Messages was a defect that only impacted the iPhone once upon receiving the text, or that's what visitors of the site said a couple years back... Well, regardless, iOS is touted as the best mobile OS and safest OS available, but then you hear about bugs that actually pose a significant impact to the device. I also recall a link that when opened on an iPhone would force the device to repeat dial 911 over and over and over again... Yes, I understand that all these scenarios are not really expected to actually impact the general user, but the point is that if a third party was malicious enough, there's nothing stopping them from attacking you with a simple text message.

12. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

What the..... I just updated my Iphone 5 hrs ago to 11.2.5, your article is a bit too late for me. If I have known this early I shouldn't updated my phone :-(

21. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

and what are the chances you receive that symbol? unless some friends want to annoy you :(


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

*Wacky Indian character* *malicious" character* PA you really need to start doing some research before ranting some BS! This character is older than most languages on this planet, so it is not wacky or malicious! But off course if people do not know something it's immediately specified as bad! Apple is just crap, PERIOD!

14. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

iOS, a software house of cards.

15. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

iT's A fEatURe!!

22. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Ofc it's a feature, if your gf unlocks ur iPhone and is about to watch your messages, you use a secondary phone, like an android, then send that character to your main phone and crash the message app, yay!!! Useful if you're cheating on her.

24. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Thats a good way to put a positive spin on it.

16. Tipus

Posts: 906; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Updates FTW! :))

17. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

These days I am wondering if Apple can do anything right. It's been issued after issues. I am happy I have left their ecosystem 3ven if it came at a great cost.

19. Soldier00

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2018

Here is the fix for this indian character bug for apple imessage app: watch and share, thank you.

20. makhilteja

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 25, 2017

We pronounce it as “Gna”

23. livechatzone

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 21, 2018

got update for fix this issue

25. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 300; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

why the fk is it called wicked? Just coz you are inept to understand or pronounce and your secret employer can't handle it makes it wicked? crooked PhoneArena

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