8 characters that cause Skype to have a catastrophic breakdown

8 characters that cause Skype to have a catastrophic breakdown

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Thankfully Mac users are safe. Kind of.
It's the second major app-crashing bug we've had in one week.
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It’s a bad week for simple messages capable of bringing down entire apps. Following on from Apple’s Messages-crashing “Unicode of death” code, a nasty bug has been discovered in Skype, which promises to crash the software every time you attempt to sign in.

Thankfully, the bug doesn’t appear to have any effect on Skype for Mac, although it does work on the iOS version, as well as the Windows and Android versions.

And getting rid of it’s not easy.

The Skype-crashing code in question is the message “https://:” without the quote marks. Clearing chat history doesn’t work, since messages are stored on Skype’s servers and simply download again whenever you log in.

“We are aware of the problem and are working to provide an resolution,” a Skype spokesperson has said.

There is a workaround, although it’s not a universal one. Users can ask the person who sent them the message in question to delete it, and then install an older version of Skype instead. This doesn’t work so well for iPhone users, however, since the App Store only allows them to download the latest version of the app.

Hopefully Skype will get its act together quickly!

Source: VentureBeat