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UPDATE: Apple claims it’s fixed | Temporary Workaround

 

Source: TheGuardian.com

An issue with Apple’s Safari web browser that caused it to suddenly crash for many iPhone, iPad and Mac users globally has now been resolved, the company said.

Safari users had found the service crashing and returning them to their device home screen when they attempted to use the app’s search bar to browse the web, according to widespread complaints on social media.

However, not all users appear to have been affected by the issue, with those who are still having problems being advised to clear their website data from within the settings app to complete the fix.

Many angry iPhone and Mac users have taken to social media to report that typing into the address bar is causing the application to suddenly close.

The bug, which doesn’t appear to be a problem for all users, seems to be connected to Apple’s Safari suggestions function, which responds to search requests and Url queries.

A temporary fix for the issue is for users to access settings on their Apple device, and under Safari, disable the suggestions function.

Photo from Apple shows Safari settings.

An alternative workaround is to enter private browsing mode. This can be done when opening a new tab in Safari. Browsing in private mode will turn the background of the browser black.

The other option is to download a separate browser application altogether, such as Google’s Chrome.

The Guardian has tested iPhones that are both unaffected and affected by the bug.

When a user types into the address bar, the text is sent to servers, which respond with autocomplete search terms, popular sites and other information.

This would suggest the bug’s origins are with the servers. Apple reports no current issues and has yet to respond to the Guardian’s request for comment, but is promising an explanation in due course.

It is unclear whether the bug is related to the 9.2.1 iOS update released earlier this month but it appears not, as all operating systems – various OS and desktop iterations – seem to be experiencing the issue.

Reports of the problem have spread across Reddit, Twitter, Apple forums and social media around the globe, with “Safari” trending on Twitter in various locations.

One user on a Mac forum wrote that: “70% of our Macs in our office have this issue, kind of wiped us out this morning.”

The Safari bug comes just days after a prank website, CrashSafari.com, was set up to reboot users’ devices. The website causes the browser to overload with a self-generated string of text, causing devices to shutdown.

‘History’ and URL Overload Will Crash Your iPhone

 

Source: NBC News By Devin Coldewey

Pranksters on the social web are sending people to a website that causes smartphones to crash — so you might want to hold off on clicking or tapping random links today.

Related: Apple (Kind of) Fixes iPhone-Crashing Text Message Bug

Don’t worry, it isn’t some critical bug that Apple or Google needs to patch — it’s just ordinary webpage components used maliciously to overload just about any browser.

The website, crashsafari.com (and crashchrome.com — needless to say, don’t visit either), adds numbers to the address bar as fast as it can — crashsafari.com/0, then /01, then /012, /0123, and eventually /0123456789101112131415… and so on. Each time it adds a number, that page is saved to your history — and it adds up fast.

How your browser history will look after visiting Crashsafari. This list goes on for many, many pages. Devin Coldewey / NBC News

This history and URL overload leads mobile browsers to crash and desktop ones to hang (You should still be able to force-quit the application if it’s stalling). “What were you expecting?” reads the only text on the page.

Clicking on the nefarious link could result to a major annoyance — unsaved data could be lost — but it’s unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your device.

The bug is old, but the joke is new, so exercise caution in following links until the jokers in your online acquaintance tire of sending friends’ phones into death spirals. Like any other joke link (a “Rickroll,” for example), this one may be disguised with an URL shortener like t.co or bitly.

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