There is a pretty nasty bug having to do with iOS' Messages application that has been discovered recently and is being exploited by prankers and people with malicious intent. It involves sending a very specific string of characters via iMessage to someone with an iPhone that will cause the Messages application to crash immediately upon trying to open it.
Apple says that there is a fix coming soon in a future software update
, but for people who are jailbroken, updating really isn't an option. That only leaves jailbreakers with a "temporary fix" that Apple announced tonight
in a support document.
If you're jailbroken and want a more permanent solution to the problem without having to update your iOS firmware and lose your jailbreak when the time comes, then you can simply install a Cydia package that can fix the problem for you.
Sounds good so far, right?
Karen Tsai (@angelXwind) has uploaded a new package to her personal Cydia repository dubbed IneffectivePower, which will patch the problem on your device without the need to update your firmware. As Tsai notes on Reddit
, the patch is applied to CoreText, the source of the problem, and will work as a system-wide patch for the entire operating system in all messaging applications.
So how do you add it?
Just open Cydia and refresh your sources. You'll find it under the Changes tab or in Cydia's BigBoss repository.
Once installed, you should be fairly well protected from the bug. From the looks of things on Karen's Twitter account, she appears to be updating the package fairly regularly with improvements to make it more and more effective in many other applications.
You can install this on any of your iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 8.
IneffectivePower is now available on Cydia's BigBoss repository. You can download it free of cost there.
Has installing this package fixed the problem for you? Share in the comments!
Sources: Karen Tsai