Tech WhatsApp fixes ‘big deal’ video crash bug Published 2 months ago on October 11, 2018 By Jamie Hendricks Share Tweet Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bug made answering some video calls risky Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp messaging service could force the app to crash and close, a security expert has found. The bug was a “big deal” said researcher Tavis Ormandy, who is part of the team that found it. It was found in the messaging service’s apps used on Android and Apple smartphones. The software loophole was discovered in late August and fixed in early October, said WhatsApp’s owner Facebook. Natalie Silvanovich, a member of a team Google set up to hunt for vulnerabilities in widely-used software, discovered the WhatsApp weakness. The problem exposed by Ms Silvanovich resides in the way the phone apps transport video. By changing packets of data used to do this, it was possible to make the app shut down, she discovered. The web version of WhatsApp uses a different method for moving video, so is not vulnerable to this bug. Facebook said it reacted “promptly” to fix the issue once it was identified. “We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable,” it said. It added that there was no evidence that the bug was widely known in the malicious hacking world or was exploited to attack WhatsApp users. The messaging app is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world. Credit:BBC Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics: Up Next How to get out of iOS public beta program Don't Miss US weapons systems can be ‘easily hacked’ Continue Reading You may like Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics26 mins ago Meghan Markle vowed to live ‘less stifled’ life before dating Prince Harry Not long before she met Prince Harry, Meghan Markle vowed to live a “life less stifled” and to “take a... Sports36 mins ago Former Juve sporting director Marotta takes over at Inter Milan Giuseppe Marotta arrives to attend the draw for UEFA Champions League at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Giuseppe Marotta has... World38 mins ago Constantinople was unwise to antagonize Moscow, leading Orthodox theologian says The Patriarch of Constantinople was wrong to declare Ukraine no longer subject to the Russian Orthodox Church as the conflict... Business55 mins ago Data Sheet—These Bleak Times for Global Tech Companies Jobs for everyone. After a grueling public process involving bids from over 200 cities…oh, wait, no. Apple skipped all that... World2 hours ago Ian Naude: Cheshire PC jailed for raping 13-year-old girl Image copyright Cheshire Police Image caption Ian Naude was being investigated for sex offences when he became a student officer... Most Read Tech1 week ago YouTube top earners: The seven-year-old making $22m Sports7 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports7 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?