On Monday, a reader of WinRumors.com discovered a pretty nasty bug in Windows Phone 7’s messaging hub: upon receiving a special text, either through SMS, Facebook chat or Windows Live Messenger, the device will automatically reboot, and the messaging hub cannot be opened anymore. Only a hard reset will fix this. For a demonstration, watch this video.
Shortly thereafter, Microsoft acknowledged the bug and said it is looking to “take appropriate action to help ensure customers are protected”. Meanwhile, Khaled Salameh, who originally discovered it, has investigated this issue further and found that it applies to lots of other Microsoft applications as well – including Windows Live Messenger, Visual Studio and other desktop software utilizing Silverlight or WPF.
However, rest assured since the special text causing this bug hasn’t been made public, and it isn’t in any way security-related._________
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