Last week we learned about a bug in iOS which made devices crash if they received a specific string of characters. Well, now it’s Skype’s turn, which seems to suffer from a similar problem, but with worse consequences.
Users have discovered that receiving a message with the characters "http://:", without the quotes, renders many of Skype’s apps unusable, as they instantly crash. What’s worse is that once that message is in your chat history, the apps will crash continuously upon restarting.
So far it looks like the desktop version of Skype as well as iOS and Android clients are vulnerable to this bug, while the Modern Windows app and the OS X clients are unaffected. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any easy fix to this.
The only workaround seems to be quite convoluted, as the sender has to delete the message with the characters, and then the receiver needs to install an older version of Skype. However, it’s not clear whether this actually works.
Skype sent VentureBeat an official statement acknowledging the problem and saying the team is working to find a solution, so until then you'll need to hang tight.