Apple Fixes Wi-Fi Bug That Disabled Wi Fi on iPhones
Last month, a bug was found in Apple’s iOS that caused several network names to completely disable Wi-Fi on iPhones. Now, Apple seems to have fixed this bug in the latest beta of iOS 14.7, which was released on Friday, July 9 for Apple developers and public beta testers. The bug was discovered by security researchers last month. The bug allows several network names to completely disable the iPhone’s Wi-Fi and use other networking features, such as AirDrop.
In some cases, resetting your iPhone’s network settings in the Settings app was troubleshooting, but not always. The bug in Apple’s iOS is related to the letter ‘%’ in the Wi-Fi name. This means that any Wi-Fi name that has the “%” sign in it could potentially disable your iPhone’s Wi-Fi. A security researcher named Carl Shaw discovered the bug last month. Scu said he found the bug after joining a Wi-Fi network called% p% s% s% s% s% n. This has permanently disabled the Wi-Fi functionality of his iPhone.
The ‘presence of a’% ‘sign leads to an input parsing problem where iOS incorrectly interprets characters following the’% ‘sign, not text as a string-format specifier. The fix with iOS 14.7 Beta was first found by YouTuber Zolotech, which detailed the change in a video. Now, if an iPhone is running on iOS 14.7, it will connect to any Wi-Fi network as expected. IOS 14.7 is only available to developers and beta testers, and there is still no word on the date of the public rollout.