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warning!!!!- bug crashes iphone and OSXs when reading plain arabic text

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http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/29/bug-in-apples-coretext-allows-specific-string-of-characters-to-crash-ios-6-os-x-10-8-apps/

 

Are reporting that plain text can crash any iProduct and Mac not running iOS7 or Mavericks.

 

It's gonna be a choppy out there for the next couple of days.

 

PS there is a link to the text - just don't try to view it on any older OSes

 

http://doesmyphonecrash.tumblr.com/

 

It looks like even changing a ssid to the text will crash devices that see the wireless network

post #2 of 9
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according to https://twitter.com/nickdepetrillo it is Unicode not Arabic.

 

I have unhyperlinked the above link. Don't go there if using a vulnerable device

post #3 of 9

Not noticing it happen on my old OS', and it doesn't happen on Mavericks, either.

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post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Not noticing it happen on my old OS', and it doesn't happen on Mavericks, either.

Mavericks is reported as being OK

 

Did you go to this site

 

http://doesmyphonecrash.tumblr.com/

post #5 of 9
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more here

 

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/08/rendering-bug-crashes-os-x-and-ios-apps-with-string-of-arabic-characters/

 

and here

 

http://************/2013/08/29/text-based-bug-that-crashes-apps-in-os-x-10-8-ios-6-discovered-fixed-in-os-x-10-9-and-ios-7/

 

Hmnnn... seems I cant post a link to another well known apple forum

 

firefox doesn't crash though


Edited by hungover - 8/29/13 at 3:17pm
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The apple forum is now down. No idea if this is due to people posting the code or not.

 

There is a picture say "we'll be back soon- we are busy updating apple support communities for you and will be back shortly".

 

Do they take the whole forum down vey often?

post #7 of 9
Kinda misleading.... It doesn't crash the OS, just the app you're using at the time... A big difference.
(But still a bug.)
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Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot View Post

Kinda misleading.... It doesn't crash the OS, just the app you're using at the time... A big difference.
(But still a bug.)

Yep, correct. I should have stressed that the apps/programs crash and not the OS.

 

I only know a few people that have received these messages as SMS from "friends".

 

The early advice was to ask the sender to flood you with clean texts whereas an easier option is to open the address book and send a really long message to the sender (I guess you need to ask him not to send it again though).

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