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Friday, 16 February 2018

How to fix the bug caused by the Indian special character Telegu

Yesterday we explained a new bug detected in iOS 11 that closed apps and caused unexpected behavior of your iPhone when someone sent you a special Indian character in Telegu language . Eye, because in addition to the phone, this character had the same effect on iPad and Mac.

The bug in question was made public last Monday, February 12 on the radar web, but given the rarity of this character, many prefer not to go public to avoid spreading a problem that can be very annoying . However, it has ended up being viral.

This type of elaborate bugs appear with certain frequency , with chains of characters, videos or other content that acts as a trigger, closing apps and preventing them from working as they should. Without going any further, less than a month ago we discovered how to freeze the iMessage app .

In fact, although its consequences are annoying, it is important to relativize: do you usually receive messages in the Telegu language? Did you even know that this language existed before this happened? And well, if someone sends you with very bad intention, you're on notice to avoid opening it at all costs and erase it instantly .

How does this bug work in the Telegu language?

So almost the entire Apple ecosystem would succumb to this special character , including the latest hardware versions, iOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3 respectively.

Apparently, the devices would not be able to process it for any reason, causing the apps to close unexpectedly or even the system to crash, depending on where it is being processed.

So, if someone sends you this character in iMessage, the native iOS messaging app will be shut down at once. If for example you paste it in Safari or Chrome, the browsers are blocked.

This curious effect has also been detected in other third-party apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter . But it is even worse: if it appears in a notification, it can even cause your device to restart.

    Another iOS bug is crashing iPhones and disabling access to iMessage
    - Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 15, 2018

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What can you do if you receive the special Indian character in Telegu language?

If you have received this character and can no longer open an app, do not despair because there are several options . In the case of iMessage, tell a friend to send you a message through this app in order to access again. Then, you will only have to delete the conversation where you received the character.

This procedure seems to work with other messaging apps in the same way. In other cases, you may touch delete and reinstall the app .

In some extreme cases, Macrumors warns that it might be necessary to hard reset your iPhone or iPad . Here are the tutorials:

However, if you want to be immune to the devastating effects of this character in the Telegu language, all you have to do is sign up for Apple's public betas program and download any beta version iOS 11.3 or macOS 10.13.4 beta, watchOS 4.3 or tvOS 11.3, for which this bug is innocuous.

What has Apple said?

Apple already knew the existence of this failure to process the special character in Telegu language and in fact, has already implemented a solution, which we will find officially in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, which will be released at the end of March , so that we will not have to wait long.

However, Apple itself has explained to Rene Ritchie of iMore that it will probably release some iOS 11.2.X update before it will solve this bug for everyone. 

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