Another day, another bug fix from Apple. In recent months, we have seen some of the nastiest bugs in Apple’s software. Be it the chaiOS bug, an auto correct bug, macOS root bug or that highly dramatic intentional slowdown controversy, Apple users are facing one issue after another. In fact, iOS 11 is so buggy that it has forced Apple to work more on stability improvements and less on new feature with its upcoming iOS 12 release.
Anyways, Apple has released software updates for its iOS, macOS and watchOS operating systems. These updates are released to fix a bug that caused some of Apple’s (and third-party) apps to crash. This bug allowed anyone to send a particular Telugu language character to an iPhone and stopped users from using the affected app. Apps affected by this bug includes Messages, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. macOS and watchOS devices were affected by this bug, too.
iOS 11.2.6 promises to fix this nasty crash bug on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A supplemental update to macOS 10.3.3 fixes it on Mac and watchOS 4.2.3 fixes it on Apple Watch. Apple’s tvOS also received an update that fixes the same bug on Apple TV.
On its security update page, Apple has credited an anonymous researcher for discovering this bug. Security update pages for all updates carry the same details as follows.
- Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation
- Impact: Processing a maliciously crafted string may lead to heap corruption
- Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved input validation.
- CVE-2018-4124: an anonymous researcher
Apple next major iOS 11 update – iOS 11.3 is expected to arrive sometime during the next month. In an interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that this update will let users turn off ‘intentional slowdowns’ on their iPhones.
We’re waiting for that update, Mr. Cook.
Source/More Details: Apple