Indian Character Bug Crashes iPhones and Messaging Apps

iPhone and bug
iPhone and bug
A bug in iOS 11 lets a single Telugu character crash iPhone messaging apps

There’s a new way to crash your iPhone and put some messaging apps into a perpetual crash loop in iOS 11. All it takes is a single Telugu (Indian language) character sent in a message.

The specific character crashes the springboard, and once your iPhone has recovered from that, the messaging app where it was received crashes every time it’s tapped. Affected apps include Messages, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApps. Skype and Telegram don’t seem to be impacted by the bug, according to The Verge.

The bug was demonstrated on Twitter by The Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren.

Luckily, the bug is already fixed in the iOS 11.3 developer and public betas. The downside is that until the official public release comes out in the coming weeks most iOS 11 users are susceptible.

One thought on “Indian Character Bug Crashes iPhones and Messaging Apps

  • A friend of mine speaks Telugu, a fact that I discovered when we were in the field some years ago and encountered a minority group in my field site.

    Fortunately, I do not speak it, so have little worry that she will send me anything in Telugu.

    Unless she’s just feeling mean.

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