"Unicode of Death"
alolita.sharma at gmail.com
Fri May 29 10:51:50 CDT 2015
Seems like we may see a temporary fix for iOS.
On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 2:36 PM, Andrew Cunningham <lang.support at gmail.com>
> Not the first time unicode crashes things. There was the google chrome bug
> on osx that crashed the tab for any syriac text.
> On Friday, 29 May 2015, Bill Poser <billposer2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > No doubt the evil Unicode Consortium is in league with the Trilateral
> Commission, the Elders of Zion,and the folks at NASA who faked the moon
> landing.... :)
> > On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 7:53 AM, Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org> wrote:
> >> Unicode is in the news today as some folks with waaay too much time on
> >> their hands have discovered a string consisting of Latin, Arabic,
> >> Devanagari, and CJK characters that crashes Apple devices when it
> >> appears as a pop-up message.
> >> Although most people seem to identify it correctly as a CoreText bug,
> >> there are a handful, as you might expect, who attribute it to some shady
> >> weirdness in Unicode itself. My favorite quote from a Reddit user was
> >> this:
> >> "Every character you use has a unicode value which tells your phone what
> >> to display. One of the unicode values is actually never-ending and so
> >> when the phone tries to read it it goes into an infinite loop which
> >> crashes it."
> >> I've read TUS Chapter 4 and UTR #23 and I still can't find the
> >> "never-ending" Unicode property.
> >> Perhaps astonishingly to some, the string displays fine on all my
> >> Windows devices. Not all apps get the directionality right, but no
> >> crashes.
> >> --
> >> Doug Ewell | http://ewellic.org | Thornton, CO
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