A new bug in Safari could open reboot your browser, according to report. The bug, according to Pulse Headlines, opened an opportunity for a young hacker to hack your phone.
According to the report, the hack has the ability to affect individuals using Safari browser on iPhones and iPads by restarting the app. However, the browser freezes on the desktop version and is unable to do anything for a while. On the flip side, Chrome for Windows, iOS and even Android users are not left out as the app sometimes crashes, though, the operating system may remain untouched. However, you will need to close the tap in order to restart.
Crashsafari.com and another site that has similar trait called crashchrome.com both exploit your browser’s history feature to kill them on command, according to Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at security firm F-Secure. Recall the bug was first reported in a Chrome developer’s forum in 2014, but Google did nothing to fix it.
The bug was created by Matthew Bryant, a 22-year-old working in application security in San Francisco. “In my spare time I often test how browsers will handle odd code that gets thrown at them,” says Bryant. He also added that he found the bug independently, and made the site “purely as a joke”.
A lot of internet users have making jokes out of the website, with some people trolling their friends and colleagues by using link shorter and causing their phones to crash without giving them any clue. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are also not left out as hundreds of users have been publishing crashsafari.com non-stop since it was first noticed. However, some pages have started issuing warnings to visitors before going to the URL.
While experts agree that the crash does not lead to any offence, they however, warn that some people may experience their phone crashing repeatedly as Safari reloads and then tries to visit the same URL again. They however, suggest that users can put their phone on airplane mode in order to put an end to the cycle.
This warning means you are not under any serious threat by the bug; and according to Hypponen, “denial of service,” not a crash that can be used to run commands on your machine. Hypponen adds that “it’s not the end of the world.” Perhaps, staying off shortened links in the next couple of days until something is done could be the best way to deal with the situation.
So you might want to take a second look and perhaps, reconsider clicking on that shortened link sent in by a friend or colleague. However, you could also dignify the website by checking it out if you feel you want to have a personal experience of how it feels like to have your Safari browser restart.