Bug: Typing 'Taiwan' resulted in iPhone crash

Bug: Typing 'Taiwan' resulted in iPhone crash

Recently, we've witnessed and read how Telugu alphabet 'Gna' caused a problem in iPhones. Millions of Apple users across the world are shocked about that minor bug. Now, an ex-hacker who worked for US National Security Agency revealed the bug that crashed some iPhones.

Going into the news, a security researcher Patrick Wardle wrote in his blog that the code implemented by Apple to appease the Chinese government is the spoilsport which is crashing the iPhone. The phone crashed when the users typed 'Taiwan' or used the emoji of Taiwanese flag. In his blog, Patrick wrote this bug is found in iOS 11.3 version. However, it now stands fixed with the latest patch from Apple- 11.4.1.

He further wrote, 'Though the impact was limited to denial of service (null-pointer dereference), it made for an interesting case study in analyzing iOS code.' Not just Apple, several technology companies including Facebook had to develop their code abiding to the strict rules of China.

The former hacker suggested how to fix it: 'one could resolve it by switching back & forth between China and any other region.'