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Warning — People are Sharing a Link that will Crash and Reboot your iPhone

Warning — People are Sharing a Link that will Crash and Reboot your iPhone

January 26, 2016Mohit Kumar
A new prank circulating on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platform could crash your iPhone or iPad completely. If you come across a link to crashsafari.com, you are advised not to open it on your iPhone, iPad or even Macs. Doing so will cause Safari application to crash, potentially causing your Apple device to restart. In case, you want to try this out, just click here to visit the website and watch what happens. Currently, people are spreading the link to CrashSafari.com via Twitter using a URL shortener, and users are tricked into visiting the site without being knowing. How does this Prank Work? The prank website (crashsafari.com) generates a ridiculously long, and increasing string of characters and then overloads this text string in the address bar of Apple's default Safari browser. CrashSafari site's code is very simple and includes: A Header Title that you will never actually see because the browser crashes. A small piece of Ja
AwSnap! New Hack Can Crash Chrome Browsers of Mass Audience

AwSnap! New Hack Can Crash Chrome Browsers of Mass Audience

April 07, 2015Wang Wei
Few weeks back, we reported how a string of just 13 characters could cause your tab in Chrome to crash instantly . However, there was an exception that this special 13 characters string was only working on Mac OS X computers with no impact on Windows, Android, or iOS operating systems. Now, a recent hack against Chrome browser could crash your Chrome version 41 and above for Mac OS X, Windows and Chrome OS. At the time of writing, Chrome 41 seems to crash on long and/or malformed URLs. The details of this crash bug, dubbed as AwSnap , is described on Github . Warning: DO NOT CLICK on this LINK , which actually points to a Reddit thread that crashes Chrome browser because a Reddit user-submitted post containing the crash content. Just like a post, crashing a thread via a comment is also possible. Chrome crash occurs only when accessing the long and/or malformed URLs through a web server, which means using file:// will not crash your Chrome browser. Examples of
This String of 13 Characters Can Crash your Chrome on a Mac

This String of 13 Characters Can Crash your Chrome on a Mac

March 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
If you're currently on a Mac computer and using a Chrome browser then a weird little Apple's OS X quirk, just a special thirteen-characters string could cause your tab in Chrome to crash instantly. A string of 13 characters (appear to be in Assyrian ), shown below in an image, is all needed to crash any tab in Chrome for OS X, however, this text has no impact on Windows, Android, or iOS operating systems. This Chrome crash vulnerability has already been reported by an open-source project Chromium project, which means that Google is likely aware of this troublesome issue. What steps will reproduce the problem? Any page with [ that special character ] will crash the chrome tab on a Mac. Just create any dummy page with the unicode characters, and the Mac Chrome tab will crash hard. What is the expected result? Expect it not to crash What happens instead? It crashes Warning : Do not click on this link , which actually points to the bug report on the Chromiu
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