WhatsApp fixes bug that let attackers crash voice calls

WhatsApp fixes bug that let attackers crash voice calls

WhatsApp fixes bug that let attackers crash voice calls

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the WhatsApp messaging app that could enable hackers to take control of a smartphone when it receives WhatsApp video call.

Natalie Silvanovich is a researcher in the team of Google's Project Zero security research and the vulnerability was first spotted by a Tamagotchi hacker for the first time in WhatsApp.

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"Just ++answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp", he said on Twitter. However, because of the vulnerability in RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) implementation of WhatsApp, the flaw affects WhatsApp on Android and iOS along with other apps on both platforms.

The vulnerability, which affected WhatsApp applications on Apple and Android smartphones, was discovered in late August and was fixed by Facebook in early October.

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Based on the bug report, once the hacker calls the device and the user takes the call on WhatsApp, the device ends up crashing in a few seconds. So users who rely on WhatsApp for video calls, and daily messages, should ideally make sure the app has been updated to the latest version in order to ensure these are not impacted by the problem. The company has now fixed the potentially serious issue and the details are now in the public domain. Web users were not affected because they use WebRTC for video calls.

"WhatsApp cares deeply about the security of our users". One of many of such plans according to Acton, was to bridge Facebook and WhatsApp accounts of 128-but string which denotes a user's phone number. The Facebook-owned company told ZDNet it had found no evidence of hackers using the exploit. The company has already released the latest update, so it's highly recommended that you update your WhatsApp to the latest version as soon as possible.

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Experts found in WhatsApp messenger new and risky vulnerability. The hacker can access the user's voicemail account and get access to that verification code which can be used to hack the app.

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