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WhatsApp Rolls Out New Update that Fixes Security Flaw

WhatsApp Fixes Bug That Could Let Hackers Crash App During Calls The bug affected Whats App for Android and iOS but the company has now fixed the issue
Emmett Howard | 12 October, 2018, 21:59

A security researcher at Google's Project Zero discovered a unusual bug in WhatsApp that allowed hackers to take control of the app if they just knew your phone number.

Travis Ormandy, a researcher at Google Project Zero said on Twitter, "Just answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp".

The vulnerability is a memory heap overflow issue which only gets triggered when a user receives a specially created malformed RTP packet via a video call on WhatsApp.

"This issue can occur when a WhatsApp user accepts a call from a malicious peer", Silvanovich said in her report on the issue.

But while the chat app is available on both iOS and Android devices, some new features aren't always available on both operating systems simultaneously.

The bug, was however, fixed on September 28 for Android, while that of iOS was not dealt with until October 3.

Like any security or stability flaw discovered by ethical third parties, when reported to the software vendor they have a set period of time to respond or fix it outright before the flaw is made public.

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WhatsApp was reported to have been affected by a unusual bug.

Well, you don't have to worry about it if you've recently updated WhatsApp.

The latest version of WhatsApp on both iOS and Android has been fixed and the video call bug issue related to the Whatsapp Video Call hack has been resolved. Web users were not affected because they use WebRTC for video calls. The report added that WhatsApp had "no evidence that hackers actually exploited the bug to launch attacks".

It's thought that left unchecked it could be turned into a weapon was a more damaging payload endangering numerous 1.2bn worldwide users of the app.

"WhatsApp cares deeply about the security of our users. We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue", a WhatsApp spokesperson told ZDNet.

Lately, another new method of WhatsApp hacking is growing.

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