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Apple issues major cross-platform security update

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Apple has issued a fix for a major bug that saw multiple messaging apps crash across a wide variety of its operating systems. 

The fix, which is now live, is available for devices running across Apple's software family, including iOS, macOS and watchOS.

The problem lay with a single character of Telugu, a language native to India. Once a user would type in that character, it would crash the app, and keep crashing it even after reboot. The only way to actually “liberate” the app from the crash was through a complex workaround.

The apps that were affected by this crazy bug were all your usual messaging apps: iMessage, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and Outlook. Telegram and Skype were free from the bug.

In some instances, it would even crash the iOS SpringBoard software running the entire home screen.

It was also reported that the bug affected software like the App Store, so the update also included tvOS. Users that want this bug to keep away from their devices should download the patch from this link (opens in new tab).

The bug wasn’t alive for long, it was only discovered a week ago. Still, this was enough for many trolls and other pranksters out there to start tweeting out and messaging people with the character, just to mess with them and have their apps crash.

Image Credit: Pio3 / Shutterstock

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.