Malicious web page freezes Safari

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mmaa, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. mmaa macrumors newbie

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    I came across a malicious web page that completely freezes Safari on iOS. The whole display (including bezels) becomes unresponsive and I managed to get out of it thanks to the home button. Undoubtedly any (future) iOS devices without home button would give their users a much harder time.

    The web page shows a dialog telling you to call a “tech support” number and after hitting “cancel” all of Safari freezes and your whole iPad (in my case) ceases to respond to touch input altogether. I got out of it by hitting home, going into airplane mode and then relaunching Safari a number of times until I was quick enough to interupt the malicious page reloading from cache.

    Contacting Apple to let them know about this is way too convoluted. Their support pages don’t have a category for this and, since I’m currently abroad, load in a language I don’t speak with no obvious way around this. So I’m posting it here first and some of you might forward this to Apple.

    Now, before going any further, what are the pros and cons of posting the actual link publicly here? And is this already a known issue?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Powerful antivirus apps for iOS?
     
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    What would those do as far as going to sites in Safari?
     
  4. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    How exactly?
     

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