There is a new link floating on the web. “ChaiOS” is a new link that, if opened in the Messages app on iOS and MacOS, will freeze the recipient’s device. As soon as you open the link in iMessages, the entire device saves tilt.
The “chaiOS” is a GitHub link that can freeze and crash the Messages app on both iOS and MacOS. Not only that, in some cases, the opening of this link causes a sudden restart of the device, as well as battery problems and performance. From the tests carried out, the opening of this link seems to give different results.
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Text the link below, it will freeze the recipient’s device, and possibly restart it. https://t.co/Ln93XN51Kq
— Abraham Masri (@cheesecakeufo) January 16, 2018
These types of problems do not cause permanent damage to your device, but it is annoying when it happens to you. Because the iMessage call can no longer be opened, you have to delete the call. In that conversation, important information may also be available to you, so you may lose it. The links are usually used to make a joke with others, but it is never really funny. Do not do this either, because it is not fun if someone else does this to you.
The bug resembles an earlier iMessage bug in combination with a text message from two years ago. At that time, Apple was able to solve the problem with a software update and it is expected that it will also happen in this new case. Because it is not a security problem and no permanent damage occurs, Apple will not put extra haste behind a possible fix.
In some cases, the link causes a reboot of the sender’s and recipient’s device, while in other cases it merely blocks the Messages app. On MacOS, the Safari app often crashed, while on iOS there are also slowdowns and abnormal battery consumption. Once the device is restarted, all the problems are solved and this link, although annoying, is mostly shared as a joke in the Messages app and on social networks.