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  • Meerelle Cruz

Hackers Can Take Crucial Information From Your Phone Due to a WhatsApp Bug

Users have been damaged by a WhatsApp picture filter issue, according to a security firm. WhatsApp, on the other hand, has patched the security problem.

WhatsApp is gradually becoming a haven for fraudsters, as numerous examples of security and privacy breaches have been recorded. A security firm has discovered a WhatsApp picture filter issue that has hurt users in the most recent occurrence. WhatsApp, on the other hand, has patched the security problem. Hackers were able to gain access to personal information as a result of this flaw.

WhatsApp has corrected an "out of bounds, read-write vulnerability" that might have allowed a hacker to read sensitive information from WhatsApp memory, according to CheckPoint Research. This issue used WhatsApp image filters to deliver a maliciously created image that harmed users' devices, allowing attackers to gain access to personal accounts and read data from WhatsApp's memory.

Researchers from the security firm Dikla Barda and Gal Elbaz discovered that when a user applies a WhatsApp filter to an image, the hacker can gain access to WhatsApp memory, which could include sensitive information.

If a user applied particular image filters to a carefully built image and sent the resulting image, missing bounds check in WhatsApp for Android before v2.21.1.13 and WhatsApp Business for Android before v2.21.1.13 could have permitted out-of-bounds read and write. According to the security firm, Whatsapp was notified of the security problem on November 10, 2020.

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