Sunday February 03, 2013

Eight Characters Will Crash Almost Any Application on a Mac

In the latest release of OSX Mountain Lion, an odd glitch has been found that will crash the system by typing in eight seemingly innocuous characters. It seems likely that Apple will remedy this situation as quickly as possible, but until then pranksters are going to have a field day with this exploit. big grin

Looks like it triggers on anything starting with file:// (+/) case-insensitive, but then something later in the data extraction makes the incorrect assumption that the string should start with file:// (+/) lowercase, and throws an assert. It’s really quite bad that a bug inside the data detectors can bring down a whole app.

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