APPLE WILL release a fix for the iMessage bug wreaking havoc on iDevice users in iOS 8.4.
Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 8.4 to developers, and MacRumours reports that the software includes a fix for the iMessage bug that was first uncovered last month.
It's not yet clear when iOS 8.4 will be released to all, but it will arrive ahead of the launch of Apple Music on 30 June.
Apple last month confirmed the bug to The INQUIRER, saying it was "aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters" and would make a "fix available in a software update."
With this fix not set to debut until iOS 8.4 is released, Apple revealed a workaround for the issue on its support website.
The post reads: "Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.
"Ask Siri to 'read unread messages'," Apple goes on to explain, adding: "Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.
"In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread."
The bug, which was first highlighted on Reddit, allows anyone with a mobile phone to wreak havoc on their iPhone friends, which was likely to be music to the ears of bitter Android and Windows smartphone users.
It was originally thought to affect only the iPhone, but it has since been revealed that the malicious string of text can also crash iPads, Macs and the newly released Apple Watch.
Mathew Hickey, principal security consultant at MDSec, told Forbes: "As the issue also affects OS X applications, a malicious party could set the triggering text as a server message of the day or welcome message, causing a user’s terminal to crash when authenticating to network services."
If an iPhone - or seemingly iPad, Macbook or Apple Watch - user receives the message, which is a text string made up of symbols and Arabic characters, their smartphone will crash and reboot.
What's more, when the iPhone has restarted the user will not be able to reopen the Messages app without the cycle of crash and reboot starting again.
It's unclear which versions of iOS the flaw affects, but one Twitter user claims that it doesn't work on iOS 8.4, which means that developers and those with jailbroken iPhones are unlikely to be affected.
The bug, which isn't thought to cause any long-term damage, has already hit a number of other users, however, who have been quick to moan about it on Twitter.
What the actual fuck. At first I didn't believe that sending that text to an iPhone would actually turn the next iPhone off. 😳 IT DOES! 😲😳— Gueraaa (@NikkaaNonStoppp) May 27, 2015
Hey my Messages app won't open without crashing. Cool.— Nick Pomes (@NickPomes) May 27, 2015
this iPhone turn off text thing has me livid 😡— hattie hoerr (@hatttie_hoerr) May 27, 2015
Tim Erlin, director of product management at Tripwire, said that the bug could aid hackers in carrying out targeted attacks.
"The ability to remotely disable someone’s iPhone could be useful in targeted attacks," he said. "Imagine if an organizations information security team was suddenly unable to communicate while an attack on their organization was being carried out."
"There are likely other ways to exploit this vulnerability, though it’s unclear if they might be useful to attackers.
"The libraries used for parsing text are unlikely to be specific to the messaging app, and so the issue may appear in other places. Time will tell if security researchers or Apple discover them first." µ
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