The social media giant Facebook has recently 0pened up about a vulnerability in its messaging app, Whatsapp which can give access to your device to the hackers through a malicious video file. However, it is still not clear whether the hack works if the user just receives the file or opens it after receiving it.
The bug persists in iOS, Android and even Windows version of WhatsApp and WhatsApp for business. Facebook said, “A stack-based buffer overflow could be triggered in WhatsApp by sending a specially crafted MP4 file to a WhatsApp user.”
However, the company has released a patch for the bug in the latest version of WhatsApp, users are advised to update WhatsApp to the most recent version through App store or play store.
Recently, WhatsApp has been surrounded by some controversy involving state-sponsored spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO group. Pegasus, a suite of tools costs millions of dollars and is available for only nation-states. The spyware was used to target over 1,440 news reporters around the globe including some of the countries in Asia such as India.