Earlier today, a bug was revealed, now called the “Telugu” bug, that can crash several different apps across Apple’s device ecosystem.
The bug revolves around a certain Indian character being delivered to an Apple device via a messaging app, including iMessage and a variety of different third-party messaging apps. The crash can be significant, with forcing resprings and not allowing the messaging app where the character was received to open at all. In some extreme cases, a DFU restore needs to happen for the device to start behaving like normal again.
As it stands right now, Apple has already confirmed that the Telugu bug is fixed in the upcoming version updates for all of its public platforms. iOS 11.3, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3 are all patched. However, that does not help those who are not trying the developer or public beta versions of those operating systems.
As a result, Apple has confirmed with iMore‘s Rene Ritchie today that it will be sending out a minor iOS update that will patch the issue ahead of the full iOS 11.3 software update at a later date. That means we are going to see an “iOS 11.2.x” rolling out here shortly.
Apple has not confirmed when the update will arrive, but it should be soon, considering how potentially serious the bug is.
These messaging bugs are very annoying, especially considering they can be seen as a way to prank someone. After all, in most cases you just need to send the message and watch as the person’s phone is compromised. It’s great that Apple is going to fix it quickly, though, especially with a minor iOS update.