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Govt agency warns of dangerous WhatsApp bug that affects Android, iOS devices: Do this immediately

The agency claims that this vulnerability exists in WhatsApp due to integer overflow. What this means that any person can execute remote code through a video call.



A new WhatsApp vulnerability has been reported by the Meta-owned instant messaging application. Indian cybersecurity nodal agency CERT-In has also issued a high-security alert, warning users about a possibility of losing or compromising data to a malicious actor. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg announces digital avatars for WhatsApp users: How to create one

The notification issued by WhatsApp and Indian cybersecurity agency CERT-In claims that this vulnerability affects WhatsApp for Android and iOS prior to v2.22.16.12. Also Read - WhatsApp might release 21 new emojis in the future update: Report

How can the WhatsApp bug be misused?

The govt agency claims that multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in WhatsApp which could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted system. Also Read - WhatsApp banned more than 23 lakh accounts in India in Oct for violating rules

The agency claims that this vulnerability exists in WhatsApp due to integer overflow. What this means that any person can execute remote code through a video call.

The malicious actor can take control by sending a specially-crafted video file. Which will let them execute arbitrary code.

In remote code execution, a hacker can remotely execute commands on someone else’s computing device.

Remote code executions (RCEs) usually occur due to malicious malware downloaded by the host and can happen regardless of the device’s geographic location. The recently disclosed vulnerability has been called CVE-2022-36934, with a severity score of 9.8 out of 10 on the CVE scale.

What should you do?

Both of these vulnerabilities have been patched in the latest versions of WhatsApp. The user just needs to make sure that they have updated to the latest version of the application.

  • Published Date: September 27, 2022 9:03 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 27, 2022 9:04 PM IST
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