Apple Releases Fix for Indian Telugu Character Crash Bug

Apple has also released watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 updates to ensure they're protected against the Telugu character bug.

The bug takes affect when a user receives a specific Telugu character in a message, causing unresponsiveness from the messaging app. If the character is processed by iOS' notification system, the device's Home screen can crash and fall into a looping reboot cycle. preventing access to all of the device's functions and data.

Upon restarting the devices, users will be unable to open the Messages app, something which obviously has the potential for serious consequences, said a Forbes report.

In December, there was an iOS 11 bug that crashed iPhones, which caused Apple to issue a significant iOS update just hours after the bug happened - something they normally don't do so quickly.

Unfortunately it wasn't the first time Apple's software has proved to be susceptible to an odd message.

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The only safe operating system seems to be iOS 11.3, which is only publicly available in beta form.

The Cupertino giant started rolling out iOS 11.2.6 Monday to iPhone and iPad devices.

The bug also afflicts other third-party applications, such as Gmail and Outlook for iOS. Even Apple Watches, when connected with iPhones, were vulnerable to that bug.

The bug was discovered last week and involves sending the character in Telugu to devices that crashes an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp inaccessible. The company has rolled out the fix in the form of a supplementary update across the world.

To download the new macOS supplement update on your Mac device, you need to launch the App Store and then search for "macOS" (or go directly to this link from a macOS machine).

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