PSA: Malicious Video Link Can Cause Any iOS Device To Crash

If you’re an iOS user, you may want to be careful if someone sends you a link to watch a video. A new bug in iOS has surfaced that will cause any iOS device to crash when trying to view a certain .mp4 video in Safari.Here’s a video of the flaw in action. I promise it will not crash your iOS device:

Now this flaw isn’t specific to a certain iOS version as my research indicates that this bug has been around since iOS 5. So being on the latest version of iOS isn’t going to protect you. Though I will note that you should always be as up to date as possible.

I digress.

If someone sends you the malicious link and you click on it, here’s how you get things back to normal:

  • For any iPhone except the iPhone 7, long-press the power and Home buttons at the same time. This will reboot the device and you’ll be fine.
  • The iPhone 7 uses a new non-mechanical Home button. So in order to reboot an iPhone 7, you must long-press the power button and volume down button at the same time. This will reboot the device and you’ll be fine.

Hopefully, this is fixed in iOS 10.2 seeing as it’s still in beta. When it appears, you should update to it ASAP.


4 Responses to “PSA: Malicious Video Link Can Cause Any iOS Device To Crash”

  1. […] allowed someone to create a video that would crash an iOS device has been fixed. I reported on that here in late […]

  2. […] few months ago, I came across a video that showed how to crash an iOS device via a video link. Now the same site is back telling you that there’s an exploit that will crash a iOS device. […]

  3. Thanks for your advice but I will be very careful with all video links I click from now on. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  4. […] is really dangerous. There have been examples of this in the past where it would crash an iOS device. It sounds like this attack vector has […]

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