Safari search bug caused frustration for users

Numerous reports have emerged that Apple's Safari web browser had been crashing when users attempted to carry out web searches via its address bar.

Users of both the desktop version and mobile version, which runs on iPhone and iPad, appeared to be affected, and some of them took to social media to complain.

Firmware updates for Apple's Mac and mobile devices have recently been pushed out by the company, but those who have not installed the latest update are also reported the bug.

However, Apple told IT Pro that it has now fixed the issue on iOS, but added that it is possible some users devices will still experience issues if they do not clear their cache.

According to the BBC, Apple has also been fixed the issue on OS X as well.

Apple did not share specifics about what was behind this unusual bug or why it appeared to affect some users' devices and not others.

The presumption first stopped by The Verge was that the error was being caused when users used the search engine suggestion' feature of the browser.

Disabling this feature in the browser's preferences was meant to stop it crashing. Another workaround was to use the private browsing option.

This week, a web link ( that knocks out Safari when users visit it also surfaced and began to go viral. The web link uses JavaScript to send the browser into a loop causing it to collapse.

The malicious web link has reportedly had more detrimental effects for iPhone and iPad users, than those viewing it on Mac where the software can be interrupted manually. Some users claim their handsets have been reset or rebooted as a result of visiting the malicious link via Safari.

Craig Young, Cybersecurity Researcher for Tripwire, warned that their maybe as yet unforeseen security risks in visiting the web link via iOS.

"The site runs a script within the browser that repeatedly adds entries to the browser's history listing," said Young.

"It is unclear at this point what in the device's design is allowing this to happen, but the possibility that this technique can be used to install a malicious program cannot be ruled out.

"Last year security researchers demonstrated how a network packet or an SMS message could trigger an iPhone or iPad to reboot but neither of these issues had security implications beyond inconveniencing the user. Generally speaking, any programming error capable of triggering a reboot is a serious problem and may be indicative of a security issue."