WhatsApp `fixes` bug that let hackers break into video calls

Angelica Greene
October 12, 2018

WhatApp has successfully fixed a bug for its mobile apps on Android and iOS platforms that could have provided the hackers, potential to crash the whole app during an online call.

Google Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich stated in a bug report that heap corruption in the WhatsApp app could occur when an attacker sends a malformed RTP packet to a victim.

Another researcher at the same facility, Tavis Ormandy claims that the malware is so powerful that by just receiving the call from the attacker - the user's complete WhatsApp account can be compromised. "It affects both the Android and iPhone clients". The Real-time Transport Protocol or RTP is used for video calls done via a smartphone. The bug made them vulnerable to a number of hacks which risked both Android and iOS WhatsApp users.

Memory corruption bug was found in WhatsApp's "non-WebRTC" video conferencing implementation. The vulnerability was discovered at the end of August 2018 and was fixed by Facebook in early October. You can grab the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS here and for Android here.

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WhatsApp web is not affected by this vulnerability as it relies on WebRTC instead of RTC. He says, "it's a big deal".

Facebook has reportedly fixed a serious vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to hijack user accounts via a flaw with the video calling facility. We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. "We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue", Ann Yeh, a spokesperson for WhatsApp, recently told Reuters in an email.

"That being said, WhatsApp has already patched the vulnerability, so users should be sure to update the app to prevent it from happening".

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.

Experts found in WhatsApp messenger new and risky vulnerability. After that, the hackers get a chance to attack.

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