New iOS 16 bug can lock you out of your Apple Mail account ; this is what you need to do

Yesterday, Apple released iOS 16.02, which kills several bugs, including the one that caused the iPhone 14 Pro models to act like a strip club employee by shaking and grinding. These actions occurred as users recorded videos with their brand new (see what we did there?) handsets. Considering what the outcome could have been if the issue had been hardware-related, we’d say everything worked out satisfactorily for everyone involved.

However, there is a new issue affecting the iOS Mail app that causes it to crash. According to VPNTracker (viaAppleInsider), a malicious user can type a specific line into the “From” field of an email, causing the recipient to be locked out of their Apple Mail account on their iPhone and iPad. You can see that those exploiting this flaw can do serious harm to iPhone users whose email addresses they know. As a result, we would expect Apple is working quickly to develop a fix.
Honestly, this writer was torn between whether or not to go along the vicious line that causes this problem. But since it’s already published elsewhere, typing two double quotes instead of the initial part of an email address triggers the error. So if your email address is [email protected], sending an email with “”@XYZsample.com will crash the Mail app and lock you out of your account if you open it.

VPN Tracker calls this the #MailJack bug and says it’s still present in the iOS 16.1 beta and iPadOS 16.1 beta releases. VPN Tracker has filed a report with Apple asking the company to block all emails containing the crash-inducing “From” field. But there is a way to safely remove such emails without causing them to detonate and blow up your Mail app. Open Apple Mail on another device or using iCloud.com. Once you have access, delete the malicious email without opening it.

Another good solution is to use Gmail or Yahoo mail as both email apps have been able to block the malicious emails completely.

As we’ve seen before with iOS, symbols used in situations where they don’t normally exist can wreak havoc with the operating system. In this case, your Apple Mail app will crash and you will be locked out of the app.

William

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