Apple Fixed Broken-Links Bug through Another UpdateAdded: Monday, April 4th, 2016
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iPhone and iPad users have got too many updates in a week: Apple has pushed out iOS 9.3.1 just a few days after the previous update in order to fix a bug that caused iPhones and iPads to lock up, batteries to drain and links to be inoperative. The update fixes a problem caused by rogue 3rd-party applications that were found to overload one of the core components of Apple’s operating system processing links within apps.
The bug exploited such apps as Booking.com, which used large lists of links within Apple’s Universal Links system, which enables apps claim certain URLs and open them within the app. For example, if you tap on a link and have the appropriate app installed, that link would open in that app by default, instead of being loaded in Safari.
The users who updated to iOS 9.3 on March 21 faced the problem in question that caused the operating system to re-catalogue the URLs and their associations with apps across all 3rd-party, Universal Link-using apps installed on the device. It turned out that some apps, including Booking.com, had incorrectly formatted lists of URLs – in this particular case, Booking.com had a database of thousands of links individually listed, which came to 2.3MB in size. The size and complexity of that list broke the Universal Links system and sent Apple mobile devices into a constant loop. Besides, all links were made inoperable across most of the system, which made users infuriated by broken phones.
In the meantime, most apps have databases of only a few kilobytes and use wildcards to denote that every link in a domain would open in the app. Even after Booking.com updated its app to remove the massive database, it didn’t help. So Apple had to push out an update to all devices running iOS 9.
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