Just Answering A Video Call Could Compromise Your WhatsApp Account

[Oct 11, 2008]

Google Project Zero security researcher Natalie Silvanovich found a critical vulnerability in WhatsApp messenger that could have allowed hackers to remotely take full control of your WhatsApp just by video calling you over the messaging app.

The vulnerability is a memory heap overflow issue which is triggered when a user receives a specially crafted malformed RTP packet via a video call request, which results in the corruption error and crashing the WhatsApp mobile app.

Since the vulnerability affect RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) implementation of Whatsapp, the flaw affects Android and iOS apps, but not WhatsApp Web that relies on WebRTC for video calls.

In other words, hackers only need your phone number to completely hijack your WhatsApp account and spy on your secret conversations!

Cyber Security Tips:  

  • If you have not yet updated your WhatsApp for Android or WhatsApp for iOS, You should consider upgrading now.

 

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