Following last week’s discovery that receiving an obscure text string could cause the iOS Messages app to crash, a similar bug has been discovered in the Skype app on iOS, Android and Windows devices. On all these devices, chat history is loaded when the app re-opens, causing it to immediately crash again.

The text string in this case is less obscure: http://: – in other words, the first part of an URL, on its own … 

Interestingly, for an app owned by Microsoft, while Windows is vulnerable, OS X is not.

At this stage, there appears to be no way to escape from the crash loop on either iOS or Android devices. Microsoft told VentureBeat, who first spotted the bug report in the Skype community forum, that it is aware of the issue and working on a fix. Expect an updated version of Skype shortly.

It’s also possible that Microsoft will be able to follow Apple’s example in finding a temporary workaround in the meantime. Apple’s support document largely mirrored the advice we gave a couple of days earlier.

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