Messages might brick your PlayStation 4

PS4 Message Bug Causing Play Station to Crash Ends up Resetting PS4 or Rebuilding Database

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In several threads on the r/PS4 Reddit board, users are reporting that they are receiving messages through the console's messaging application that are hard locking their consoles.

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As reported by several users on Reddit, there's a message being sent around that basically bricks the PlayStation 4, forcing players to reset the console to factory settings. Even deleting the message from the mobile app doesn't work. Malicious users can send text messages that include unrecognised symbols, often leading to memory overflows, crashes and unstable behaviour. And the only way to get it working again is to factory reset the console - losing all installations and locally stored save games in the process. Messaging, and set Messages to either Friends (if you trust them) or No One.

The simplest solution to prevent this from happening in future is to turn off messages from folks you don't know.

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Before we go any further: To set you PlayStation account to private, fire up your console and head to the Settings menu. That won't fix your console if you've already been hit by the messaging bug, however. From here, you can opt to receive messages from anyone, friends only, or nobody at all. It crashed my system until i rebuilt my system data through safe mode.

With the bug only just coming to light, Sony has yet to officially confirm or respond to the problems, but presumably a software update is going to be enough to plug the security hole and protect against similar problems in the future.

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