After security flaws were disclosed, WhatsApp users were urged to update

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Last Updated on September 28, 2022 by Bitfinsider

After two “remote code execution” vulnerabilities were revealed, WhatsApp users were advised to update to the most recent version of the popular messaging program, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) stated in an alert on Wednesday (Sep 28).

According to the organization, there have been no instances of these vulnerabilities being actively exploited recently.

According to SingCERT, the first vulnerability affects the WhatsApp Video Conversation Handler component and enables an attacker to fully control a targeted user’s WhatsApp application by taking advantage of it when the user is on a video call.

Prior to version 2.22.16.12, this flaw affects WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business for iOS and Android.

According to SingCERT, the second vulnerability affects the WhatsApp Video File Handler component and enables an attacker to take advantage of it by delivering a specially constructed video file to a specific user and enticing them to play it.

Previous to version 2.22.16.2, WhatsApp for Android and prior to version 2.22.15.9, WhatsApp for iOS are also vulnerable.

After hackers aggressively exploited a weakness that might have allowed maliciously coded programs to execute arbitrary code, SingCERT encouraged Apple customers to update software like Safari, iOS, and macOS to the most recent version on September 13.


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