Messages bug will force your iPhone to restart 

NewMessagesIconXIf you have recently found your iPhone’s Messages app crashes upon receiving a new messages, then you are not alone. Apparently a bug exists in the app where if a certain string of text is received, then the app will crash, and possibly result in your iPhone restarting. This bug is reminiscent of a problem where Safari would similarly crash when rendering a specific text string. Given that the problematic text is very specific, if you are experiencing this problem, then it is likely because someone has singled you out as a prank, or otherwise.

The text is a series of arabic and unicode characters, that cause the banner notification system in your iPhone to crash. What this means is if you are looking at your text messages then this problem won’t occur, but if you receive the message when performing other tasks, then the notification to view it will spur the crash and your iphone will likely restart. Continual reception of additional messages will cause the phone to reboot each time one is received.

Here is a video demonstration of the bug, courtesy of iClarified.

For now, there is little you can do to avoid this bug, and since the malicious text is known, many folks will likely be using it to prank others and force their phones to restart. This can unfortunately interrupt important communications, such as phone calls in progress, so Apple will likely be issuing an update soon. Until then, if you are experiencing the problem, there are a couple of things you can do, especially if you are being continuously pranked:

  1. Have anyone (including yourself) send you a message from another device to cancel the first message.
  2. If you can, go to Settings > Notifications, and turn off the “Allow Notifications” for the messages app.

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