Piergiorgio Zambrini, better known in the iPhone world as ‘Zibri’, found a bug in the iPhone/iPod Touch earlier this week that causes the devices to crash if a certain video file is loaded. Zibri contacted Apple regarding the issue and even offered to help fix it for free, however Jobs and crew weren’t interested. To […]
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Video to Crash iPhone Posted on Blog

Piergiorgio Zambrini, better known in the iPhone world as ‘Zibri’, found a bug in the iPhone/iPod Touch earlier this week that causes the devices to crash if a certain video file is loaded. Zibri contacted Apple regarding the issue and even offered to help fix it for free, however Jobs and crew weren’t interested.

To highlight the issue and to allow Apple to work on a fix, Zibri has posted a video on his blog that, if watched on an iPhone/iPod, will cause the device to crash, although it will not cause any damage.

Zibri first announced the bug in an interview with Forbes. Following the interview however, Si Brindley a UK software engineer spoke out and claimed he was the one who had discovered the flaw and that he shared his findings with Zibri via an IRC conversation back in February. Zibri claims he can’t quite recall how he discovered the video exploit although he “can’t remember” Brindley telling him about it. Zibri questionned if it was indeed Brindley who found the flaw, why didn’t he speak out about it? Brindley claims he did not announce the issue because engineers he spoke to at the time reassured him it was not a security issue and that it was a simple glitch. Zibri says the bug is a serious issue and can even effect applications on PCs and Macs as well as the iPhone.

If you’re curious to see how the video crashes the device, take a look here on Zibri’s blog. This video shouldn’t cause any damage to your iPhone/iPod Touch other than crashing it. However Mactropolis takes no responsibility if any damage is caused!

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