There’s a pranking or nerve testing chain of messages out there and in the past two weeks they’ve crashed iOS messaging, now followed by Skype.
A Skype user reported in a dedicated forum that there is a new string of only eight seemingly innocent characters that send the messaging service into a rampaging crash.
The bug consists of the following characters: “h t t p : / / :” and used in a message crashes the messaging application versions on Windows, Android and iOS.
The news has been picked up by tech blogs and forums and threads debating the problem are heating the wires. It seems that although all Skype versions are affected, there is a particular version that is prone to repeatedly crashing, and that is Skype for Windows.
For all Skype users, as reported on Tuesday, the problem reoccurs when trying to newly log in to Skype. At that point, the service crashes once more, prompting an automatic download of the chat string from Skype servers which repeatedly crashes the soft.
Skype for Windows 8.1 does not seem to encounter the same issue with its touch version.
A new thread created by user Aimi reports that Skype is already patching up the issue and that the bug is taken care of. A software update is all that is required to get rid of the pesky string of characters.
This message which might have been an initial typo is the second in two weeks time that affects a messaging service.
The by now famous unicode character message that circulated the forums last week were crashing the messaging application of iOS devices. Provided that notifications were turned on and the notification bar was struggling with displaying the seemingly Arabic and Chinese characters, the phones or tablets were shutting down.
Regarding this new bug affecting Skype, although the mysterious thread claims the problem is solved, keep an eye out.
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