WhatsApp releases fixes for security bugs affecting Android and iOS devices


Security bugs that could be exploited while making video calls or sending maliciously crafted video files have been fixed as part of WhatsApp’s September update

Security bugs that could be exploited while making video calls or sending maliciously crafted video files have been fixed as part of WhatsApp’s September update

India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on Tuesday released notes on several security bugs in WhatsApp that could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected versions of the software.

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Attackers could exploit these security bugs to execute code remotely during an established video call or send a maliciously crafted video file to targeted systems.

Successful exploitation of these bugs could allow attackers to execute malicious code on affected devices, compromising their security.

CERT-In in its vulnerability ratings placed the security bugs in the high severity rating and shared that the WhatsApp bugs existed due to integer overflow.

An integer overflow in a computer program occurs when an arithmetic operation attempts to create a value that may be greater or less than the range that can be represented numerically within the bounds of the program.

Security bugs have been found to affect both professional and normal versions of WhatsApp, on Android as well as iOS.

WhatsApp regularly releases updates fixing security bugs and introducing new features.

Earlier this week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp would roll out support for “call links” and increase the number of participants in a group video call.

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