As media outlets all over the world have been reporting, there is a strange iOS bug that has been crashing iPhones. Up until now, it was reported to be affecting the Messages App on iPhones when recieving an SMS (text) or iMessage.
I was doing some digging into the issue after I wrote about this yesterday, and found that this is not confined to the messaging app. The Twitter and PushBullet Apps are affected by this bug with varying results.
When testing the results on twitter, I sent the message that causes the crash on iPhones via direct message and if the user receiving the crash message has alerts or banners turned on, the iPhone immediately crashes. Once it reboots, you can access the Twitter app without problem, but the crash is still annoying. To prevent this from happening at all, just turn off banner or alert notifications for Twitter by going to Settings>Notifications>Twitter.
PushBullet is a bit different. This is not an application that you send messages to other people, but to yourself from other devices. You can send items from Chrome to your iphone seemlessly, and I use this app all the time. When receiving the message in this instance however, the pushbullet app crashes and the only way to be able to use the app on your phone again is by deleting the message from a browser at www.pushbullet.com. I discovered this when trying to test various apps, and ultimately bricked my PushBullet App myself. It really is an amazing App that I plan to continue using, just not for shooting myself in the foot while conducting “research.”
I have sent Twitter and PushBullet staff this information as well as Apple, and will update this post with their responses as I get them. As many readers already have, you can email bryan @ seelysecurity.com or follow me on Twitter, CyberDust, Linkedin or Facebook.com.